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  • An overview of sodium, calcium, and vitamin D dietary-related behaviors of Chinese Canadians in Edmonton
  • Yu, Yan Han
  • English
  • Nutrition assessment
    Dietary calcium
    Vitamin D deficiency
    Dietary sodium
  • Jan 10, 2012 3:43 PM
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  • The sodium, calcium, and vitamin D intakes and their respective food sources were assessed in a convenience sample of 81 Canadian-born and foreign-born Chinese adults from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The mean intakes of sodium, calcium, and vitamin D were 3,623 ± 1,406 mg/day, 794 ± 351 mg/day, and 4.4 ± 3.7 μg/day, respectively. Participants were at high risk for calcium and vitamin D inadequacies and excessive sodium intake. Commercially-processed foods (condiments included) were the main source of sodium (54%). Milk and dairy were the primary sources of calcium (42%) and vitamin D (53%). The findings imply that Chinese adults, Canadian-born and foreign-born alike, are consuming foods typical of Western diets. Western foods are thus important to target to optimize intakes of vitamin D and calcium and to reduce sodium intakes in Chinese Canadians. The study findings can be used to improve future nutrition messaging for each group.
  • Master's
  • Master of Science
  • Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Spring 2012
  • Willows, Noreen (Agricultural, food, and nutritional science)
    Farmer, Anna (Agricultural, food, and nuritional science)
  • Mager, Diana (Agricultural, food, and nutritional science)
    Katerina Maximova (Public health sciences)

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