Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
SILVA, Marina V. da. Evaluation of nutritional adequacy of the food intake in an Integrated Center of Public Education (CIEP). Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1995, vol.11, n.4, pp. 552-559. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1995000400004.
The paper's general objective is to evaluate the nutritional adequacy of the food consumed in an Integrated Center of Public Education in the city of Americana, state of Sao Paulo. The data on food consumption in the city of seven to 15 years old was obtained through a recordatory inquiry. To transform the food consumption in energy and nutrients intake a food composition table was used. The establishment of nutritional recommendations was based in the defined standard for the Brazilian population. It was verified that the food consumption is insufficient to attend the energy requirements of children of eight years old or older. It was shown that the protein intake is much higher than the requirements. For all ages, the iron intake is adequated. It is also shown that school meals contribute with 72% of vitamin C requirement. The paper stress that the school meals program should be based on previous diagnoses of the nutritional status of the target population and the food consumption at home.
Keywords : School Feeding; Food Intake; Nutritional Recommendations; Nutritional Adequacy.