Dietary consumption practices and cancer risk in African Americans in the rural South

Academic Article


  • This study describes the dietary consumption practices of a sample of African Americans in the rural South. A qualitative research design involving a cross-sectional food diary was utilized. Complete datasets were collected from 114 participants, 66% female, between the ages of 19 and 79 years. The consumption of a variety of fruits, non-starchy vegetables and unprocessed cereals in daily meals was low in this sample. Frequent consumption of fried foods; fast foods; sugary, carbonated beverages; processed, high-fat and high-sodium foods; and low fruit and non-starchy vegetable intake were evident. The findings are crucial to the development for culturally-specific nutrition education intervention programs for African Americans in the rural South targeted at the modification of not only diet, but food preparation methods to reduce cancer risk.
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    Author List

  • Bovell-Benjamin A; Dawkins N; Pace R; Shikany JM
  • Start Page

  • 57
  • End Page

  • 75
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • SUPPL. 3