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Revista chilena de nutrición

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REYES NARVAEZ, Silvia  y  CANTO, María Oyola. Knowledge about healthy food among Peruvian public university students. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2020, vol.47, n.1, pp.67-72. ISSN 0717-7518.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75182020000100067.

Healthy eating is important for good health at all life stages. A healthy diet must contain essential nutrients, be varied, adequate and safe. The purpose of this article was to evaluate knowledge about healthy eating among students of a public university in Peru. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 136 students selected via random sampling with proportional affixation of the professional schools of Nursing, Obstetrics, Accounting, Law, Agrocultural Engineering, Food Industry Engineering and Civil Engineering to which a structured questionnaire was applied. The results showed that 41.2% had a medium level of knowledge about healthy eating and 38.2% had a low level. According to professional schools, the nursing school (66.7%) and obstetrics (26.7%) had a higher level of knowledge about healthy eating, followed by students from Food Industries (14.3%), Civil Engineering (13.5%), Law (12.5%), Accounting and Finance (9.1%) and Agronomy (5.3%). The Chi-square test showed that the level of knowledge related to specialty (p<0.001). We conclude that students in the health area such as nursing and obstetrics have greater knowledge about healthy eating.

Palabras clave : Food patterns; Healthy eating; Healthy diet; Knowledge; Unhealthy eating habits.

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