Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Rubina S. Haque, PhD, RD
Alice Jo Rainville, PhD, RD, CHE, SNS
Mary Anne Drake-Brown, PhD, RD
Background: There are limited data available on the fruit and vegetable consumption of Caribbean immigrants in the United States.
Purpose: To assess changes in intakes of fruits and vegetables in Caribbean immigrants while assessing knowledge of the recommended servings and barriers to intake.
Method: A cross sectional Internet questionnaire was conducted for Caribbean-born members of the social network website Cariblifecentral.com. Data were analyzed using descriptive frequencies, Pearson’s chi-square, and the Student’s t-test.
Results: Of 113 respondents, 37 reported consuming less vegetables since emigrating (p<0.10) while 29 reported eating more. However, 10.8% of respondents did not know the recommended servings for vegetables. Access to fresh produce was no barrier to consumption.
Conclusions: As this population continues to grow, it becomes necessary to tailor nutrition and disease prevention information and provide education about the benefits of consuming a balanced diet and risks associated with inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables.
Martin-Ayoade, Claudia, "Factors associated with fruit and vegetable consumption among Caribbean immigrants in the United States" (2011). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 365.