Food consumption patterns by urban elders in Korea

Seung Hee Kye, Cho Ii Kim, Haeng Shin Lee, Jin Sook Yoon, Helen Smiciklas-Wright, Diane C. Mitchell, Joo Hoo Kim

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We examined food and nutrient intakes, and characteristics associated with food consumption of urban elders in Korea. The food groups most likely to be eaten daily were fruits, tofu and legumes, dark green and other vegetables. The food groups least likely to be eaten were eggs, fish and meats. About one-third of the respondents rarely ate eggs, milk and dairy products. The variety of food groups eaten regularly was significantly associated with adequacy of nutrient intake. Fruits, dark green vegetables, fish, meats, anchovies and seaweed were eaten less often by those who were older, in poorer health, and less educated. Fruits, dark green vegetables, fish, meats, and milk and dairy products were consumed less often by those living in families of smaller household size and with lower family incomes. These findings have implications for nutrition programs for elders in Korea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-310
Number of pages18
JournalEcology of Food Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology


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