LOW-ENERGY FOOD INTAKE IN A GROUP OF ADULT WOMEN WISHING TO LOSE WEIGHT
 
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Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2009;59(4):361–366
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Seventy-five women (mean age 34.1±10.2 years), who were seeking dietary advice in order to reduce their body mass (mean BMI index 26.1±4.5 kg/m2 ), were selected to evaluate their low-energy food intake. A 3-day food-intake record and a questionnaire about eating habits were used to get information related to the types and quantities of low-energy food intake. An inappropriate structure of a daily energy intake in all examined subgroups of women, regardless of BMI was stated. The percentage of energy derived from fat exceeded recommended levels, whereas the contribution of energy from total carbohydrates was too low. It concerns especially the subgroup of women with BMI>30. From the quantitative point of view, low-energy food intake did not differ significantly, depending on different BMI values of the women. Among low-fat or no-fat food products, almost half the women used to consume milk and cottage cheese, but considerably less yoghurts or margarines and mayonnaise. Among low-sugar and/or sugar-free products, every third woman tended to consume yoghurts and jams, whereas every second – fruit beverages and cola-type drinks. Sugar-free sweets, hard and processed cheeses were consumed the least. In all subgroups of women examined, the proper choice of food, from qualitative and quantitative point of view, should be aimed at a higher consumption of low-energy-density products.
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