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Food practices, changes, preferences, and acculturation of Thais in the United States.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16390673     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigated food practices, changes, preferences, and acculturation of Thais in the United States. A questionnaire was mailed to a convenience sample of 182 individuals who were born in Thailand, had lived in the United States for at least 3 months, were age 18 years or older, and had agreed to participate; 102 (56%) completed questionnaires were returned by 62 university students and 40 residents from five states. While living in the United States, the number of meals consumed per day decreased significantly and snacks and food eaten out changed from Thai to American. Of 111 foods listed on the questionnaire, consumption frequency decreased significantly for 29 Thai foods and increased significantly for 33 American foods and total milk food group. Food group mean daily consumption frequencies while living in the United States were 3.5 bread; 3.8 vegetables; 2.2 fruits; 3.6 meat; 1.6 milk; 3.9 fats, oils, and sweets; 2.2 beverages; and 0.9 Thai mixed dishes. Most foods were liked (91 of 111; mean 5.5 or higher on a 9-point hedonic scale). Consumption frequency and liking were significantly positively related for 77 foods. Acculturation (mean 2.6, 1 to 5 scale) was significantly positively related to consumption and liking of some American foods and significantly negatively related to consumption and liking of some Thai foods. This information can be used by dietetics professionals in nutrition education for a Thai population.
Sophitmanee Sukalakamala; Helen C Brittin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-04     Completed Date:  2006-03-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Food and Nutrition, College of Human Sciences, Box 41162, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1162, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Americans / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Diet Surveys
Food Habits / ethnology*
Food Preferences / ethnology*
Nutritional Sciences* / education,  ethnology
Students / statistics & numerical data
Thailand / ethnology
United States / epidemiology

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