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The impact of increased consumption of fruit and vegetables on population health and food behaviours: the case of Algeria

  • Oberti, B.
  • Padilla, M.
  • Mekhancha, C.
  • Bedrani, S.
  • Mouhous, A.
  • Lebeche, R.
  • Amiot-Carlin, M.-J.
  • Gorgé, S.
  • Ben Latrèche, C.
  • Caporiccio, B.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Kaleidoscope Open Archive
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Objective: Consumption of fruit and vegetables (F&V) may play a role in the fight against overweight. The aim of the current study was to validate the link between consumption of F&V with overweight and biological impact. The Algerian context is a very rapid transition with a high prevalence of overweight and low consumption of F&V. Methodology: Qualitative and quantitative surveys were conducted on 421 persons in urban (200) and rural (200) areas. Experimentation on 40 persons in Adj El Mechri (South Algeria): Distribution of 400 g/capita/day of fruit and vegetables during 2 months. Results: (i) Link between consumption of F&V and the prevalence of overweight is not as obvious as it seems. Three types of people emerge: (a) urban people with a high level of F&V consumption and a normal body mass index, (b) the illiterate urban people with a low consumption of F&V and prone to obesity, (c) the rural elderly, primary school level people with a pre-obese status. (ii) Some physiological and behavioural impacts of increased consumption of F&V were validated: vitamins E and B9 have increased; blood pressure was improved; pre-obese people lost weight while obese persons have increased their weight because the quantity of F&V consumed was added to the usual ration. (iii) Increased availability of F&V was appreciated and did not disrupt the behaviours. Low consumption of F&V was due to their limited access (low income, high prices, low availability and lack of variety).

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