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Pulga (flea market) contributions to the retail food environment of colonias in the South Texas border region.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21515116     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Accounts of the retail food environment have been limited by research that focused on supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants as the principal food sources for consumers. Little is known about alternative retail food sources, especially in rural and underserved areas such as the colonias along the South Texas border with Mexico. Many colonias are located near pulgas (flea markets). This is the first study to examine this alternative food source for colonia residents. This study's purpose is to provide preliminary data on food availability in this unstudied element of the retail food environment. Five pulgas were identified for study by local informants. Two separate teams of two promotores (indigenous community health workers) conducted observations, wrote field notes, and surveyed vendors in each pulga. Traditional foods, prepared foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables were available in the observed pulgas. Traditional foods included staples, meal items, and snacks and sweets. Prepared foods were available in small stands run by independent operators, and each pulga had permanent restaurants that served prepared foods. A large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables were also available. An emphasis on supermarkets and grocery stores will provide an incomplete account of the retail food environment. Further studies should attempt to provide a more complete account by identifying alternative retail sources used by local residents. One such alternative retail food source, the pulga, provides a range of traditional food stuffs, prepared food items, and fruits and vegetables that complement conventionally studied aspects of the retail food environment.
Wesley R Dean; Joseph R Sharkey; Julie St John
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1878-3570     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-25     Completed Date:  2011-06-14     Revised Date:  2014-09-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  705-10     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 American Dietetic Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Commerce / statistics & numerical data*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Diet / ethnology,  standards*
Food Supply / statistics & numerical data*
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Poverty Areas*
Rural Population / statistics & numerical data
Socioeconomic Factors
Grant Support

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