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Dietary intake and the contribution of snacks among adolescents during the summer months

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Adolescent diets are often cited as nutritionally inadequate, possibly because of their reported snacking habits. This study examined 48 adolescent diets using a 24-h diet recall and a 2-day food record during summer months. Total intake and snacks identified by the subjects were analysed for energy and nutrient content. Male and female subjects reported similar intakes of fat, cholesterol and sugar. Ninety-eight per cent of subjects reported at least one snack daily. Snacks contributed 25% to the total energy, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium intakes. Although these subjects were not adhering to national recommendations for fat and sugar, the snacks they consumed contributed positively to the nutrient content of adolescent diets.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-6861, USA 2: Department of Animal Science 3: Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77584, USA

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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