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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 12, Issue:2, February, 2023

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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NAAS RATING 2020: 5.38

Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2023.12(2): 324-327

Assessment of Nutrient Intake of the 4-6 Years Children in Rural Area
Varsha Barse* and T. N. Khan
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Community Science, VNMKV, Parbhani-431402, India
*Corresponding author

Nutrient intake of 100 rural preschool children (4-6years) in villages was studied. Dietary assessment was done by 24 hour dietary recall method for three consecutive days of 100 children. Amount of nutrients obtained per day from food consumed was calculated and compared with RDA for Indian children (ICMR, 2008). Nutrients like energy, protein, fat, Iron, calcium and B-carotene were found limiting in the diets of rural preschool children. It was also observed that the nutrient intake was higher in age group of >5-6 years as compared to age group of <4-5 years. Nutritional inadequacies, poverty, lack of infrastructure and poor education of mother lead to severe malnutrition in rural preschool children. This condition needs careful consideration. There is an urgent need to promote the importance of balanced diet and preparation of nutrient-rich recipes based on locally available food stuffs to improve their nutrient intake. Awareness programs regarding affordable but nutritious foods should be introduced by the government through community participation, involvement of non-governmental organisations and other sectors.

Keywords: Nutrient Intake, dietary assessment, nutritional inadequacy, rural preschool-children, malnutrition

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Varsha Barse and Khan, T. N. 2023. Assessment of Nutrient Intake of the 4-6 Years Children in Rural Area.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 12(2): 324-327. doi:
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