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Northwest African and Middle Eastern food and dietary change of indigenous peoples.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14505999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper describes cultural and ecological characteristics of Northwest African and Middle Eastern food patterns and discusses the forces contributing to rapid dietary change. Focus is given to indigenous/tribal/ethnic/minorities in these areas with contributions to definitions of these groups, the extent of their diversity, and the importance of their traditional knowledge of local food resources. Urbanization, particularly for those facing extreme poverty in the urban environment, is recognized as a significant force to dietary change and consequent poor nutrition, especially for children. Examples of food systems are given for the coastal zone of West Africa and the semi-arid and desert zones of North Africa and the Middle East, also including the food system of Pharaonic times. Trends in dietary change are presented as data derived from FAO Food Balance Sheets.
Harriet V Kuhnlein; Timothy Johns;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0964-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-24     Completed Date:  2004-04-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440304     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  344-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment, Macdonald Campus of McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Rd, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X3V9, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Africa, Northern
Developing Countries
Diet / trends*
Food Habits / ethnology*
Food Preferences
Food Supply
Middle East
Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*

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