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TRIGO, Marlene; RONCADA, Maria José; STEWIEN, Glacilda Telles de Menezes  and  PEREIRA, Isabel Maria Teixeira Bicudo. Alimentary taboos in the North Region of Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1989, vol.23, n.6, pp.455-464. ISSN 1518-8787.

A study was carried out into alimentary taboos in two localities (São Félix and Mummuru) in the county of Marabá, State of Pará, Brazil. Ninety families were studied in São Félix and thirty-five in Murumuru. As regards the feeding taboos found, the most frequent was that prohibiting the simultaneous ingestion of milk and various types of fruit, including especially mango, orange, cashew and pineapple. The ingestion of eggs with fruit was also considered harmful as well as the eating of mammalian flesh at the same time as fish. Restrictions based on taboos were more frequent during breast feeding than during pregnancy, especially those regarding game flesh and fish that abound in the region under study. The most frequently mentioned reasons for the restrictions were: "the combination causes harm", "the combination kills", "the combination causes congestion" and "it causes vomiting".

Keywords : Food taboo; Diet survey.

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