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Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana

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GOMEZ GONZALEZ, Luz Karime; RESTREPO, José  and  PACHON, Helena. Bean and corn consumption by families in Cauca, Colombia. Perspect Nut Hum [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.2, pp.165-176. ISSN 0124-4108.

Objective: characterization of corn and bean consumption by families which mothers work with ICBF's communities in Cauca-Colombia. Materials and methods: mothers (N=532) working with ICBF's communities in 12 small towns where population grows biofortified crops, were surveyed to get information about their family's feeding practices. Results: 100% of mothers interviewed reported frequent consumption of corn and beans. Average + intake kg/ month for white beans was (6,5+7,6), yellow maize (5,1+7,0), red beans(1,7+1,6 ) white beans (1,1+1,1), mottled calima beans(1,5+1,1), mottled cargamanto(1,3+0,7), green beans (1,4+1,2), and for other kind or beans (0,8+0,4). Conclusion: corn and beans are mainly components of these communities' food patterns. Introduction of nutritionally enhanced (biofortified) crops through a small-farmer associations, as well as nutrition-education activities, could help to promote consumption of these foods.

Keywords : maize (Zea mays L.); bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.); food and nutrition security; food consumption; food; fortified; biofortification; crops.

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