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Medicinal perceptions of vegetables traditionally consumed by South-Asian migrants living in Bradford, Northern England.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17583457     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Dietary habits change rapidly amongst migrant communities in Western countries, and these changes can cause major concerns for public-health policymakers because they frequently lead to increases in diet-related diseases like diabetes. Such is the case in most South-Asian communities in the UK. In this study, we carried out an ethnobiological survey of the vegetables traditionally consumed among the Indian and Pakistani communities of Bradford, in Western Yorkshire, UK. Our purpose was to analyse in depth details of the traditional culinary use of vegetables within these households, and to assess the health perceptions of them. Semi-structured interviews with a total of 150 South-Asian women were carried out. Twenty-five vegetables were recorded, as well as their traditional culinary use and their frequency of use. We found that a few of these vegetables, particularly those presenting bitter or aromatic tastes, were perceived to have remarkable medicinal value particularly against diabetes. Our study also found important generational differences in the women's knowledge of the culinary processes related to these foods, confirming that the consumption of traditional vegetables is inextricably embedded in cultural heritage and the representation of identity among migrants. Our findings may offer evidence of a link between the choice of food and the foods' perceived medicinal value among South-Asian migrants. It may also provide important information for health care professionals when designing strategies for improving health care counteracting type 2 diabetes. We strongly believe such strategies should take into account socio-cultural components and emic health beliefs, as well as patients' views of traditional dietary ingredients.
Authors:
Andrea Pieroni; Laura Houlihan; Nafeesa Ansari; Bushra Hussain; Saiqa Aslam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-05-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ethnopharmacology     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0378-8741     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ethnopharmacol     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-25     Completed Date:  2007-11-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903310     Medline TA:  J Ethnopharmacol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  100-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Pharmacy Practice, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Richmond Building, Richmond Road, Bradford BD7 1DP, West Yorkshire, UK. a.pieroni@bradford.ac.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Age Factors
Aged
Cultural Characteristics
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy
Diet / ethnology*
Diet Surveys
Emigration and Immigration
England
Female
Food Habits / ethnology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Humans
India / ethnology
Male
Middle Aged
Pakistan / ethnology
Perception
Taste
Vegetables*

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