COMPARISON OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF SNACKING AND NOT SNACKING YOUNG PEOPLE´S FOOD
 
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Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2001;51(4):67–74
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The research was taken up in the aim of comparing daily food rations nutritional value for people snacking or not snacking from two age groups: youth (13-15 years old, 124 persons) and students (19-26 years old, 190 persons). Among all analysed sup-groups, there were people snacking or not snacking. Nutritional value of food consumed by young people in daily food rations (DFR) and snacking (S) was assessed in a 24-hour recall method. Snacking people consumed a higher number of meals than the not snacking ones. DFR nutritional value for girls, boys and students for most of the analysed nutrients was corresponding with recommendations or exceeded them. Among female students the intake of as many as 8 nutrients, i.e. vit. B1, B2, B6, PP, C, Ca and Mg, was below 2/3 of the norm. No differentiation of S contribution in DFR nutritional value connected with sex or age was shown. Between people snacking or not snacking no significant differences in energy intake and its structure and DFR nutritional value was stated. Small differences referred only to a higher intake of some nutrients by snacking people. This effect was stated only among female and male students for nutrients with particularly low intake. No correlation between snacking and total daily energy intake and its structure was revealed. It shows that the explanations for overconsumption should be sought in other nutrition conditions, not connected with the snacking habit. Snacking may supply low food rations nutritional value, helping to balance it, particularly among people with insufficient food intake in meals.
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