Factors influencing noodle consumption and nutrient intake of Nigerian university undergraduate students.

Factors influencing noodle consumption and nutrient intake of Nigerian university undergraduate students.

Author by Dr. Bolade Adeoye

Journal/Publisher: International Journal Of Medical Science And Applied Bioscience

Volume/Edition: 3

Language: English

Pages: 71 - 79

Abstract

This study aimed at determining factors influencing noodle consumption and nutrient intake of

noodle consumers among Babcock University undergraduate students. Multistage random

technique was used to select 325 respondents and a well- structured questionnaire was used to

obtain information on the socio- economic and dietary intake of the respondents. The 24- hour

dietary recall was analysed using Total Dietary Assessment software. The result shows that

more females (71.7%) participated in the study and many of the respondents (78.8%) were in the

age range of 19 – 22years. Factors responsible for noodle consumption among the respondents

include; non-satisfaction with cafeteria food (47.4%), easy affordability (22.2%), ease of

preparation (25.5%) and tight schedule (4.9%). 21.8% consumed noodle daily while 47.1% of the

respondents consumed it three times in a week. The respondents consumed noodle at any time of

the day with 26.2 % consuming in- between meals and many eat it in the evening (41.5%).

Consumption of carbohydrate and fat is high (% Recommended Dietary Allowance for

carbohydrate being 165.01 for females and 175.92 for male) while fibre consumption is low (%

Recommended Dietary Allowance being 45.56 for female and 29.76 for male) among the two

genders. Intake of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B12, zinc and calcium was poor among

the respondents.


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