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Ann Nutr Metab. 2007;51(4):324-30. Epub 2007 Aug 28.

Diet quality of pregnant women attending an antenatal clinic in Nakuru, Kenya.

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  • 1Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.



To determine diet quality and common food sources of various nutrients of pregnant Kenyan women.


Cross-sectional study of 716 pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic at the Provincial General Hospital, Nakuru, Kenya. Nutrient intake was estimated using the 24-hour dietary recall method.


Inadequate nutrient intake was found for energy, total folic acid, calcium, iron and zinc. Adequate intake was found for protein, fat, PUFA, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C. Diet quality was poor as evidenced from the food sources of various nutrients. Maize flour was the most common source of the following nutrients: energy, protein, total folic acid, iron and zinc. Young women and those of low socio-economic status were at risk of inadequate intake of some of the nutrients.


The results of this study indicate poor-quality diets of pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic, low in multiple micronutrients. Nutrient education for dietary diversification and nutrient supplementation should be explored as interventions for improving nutrient intake among pregnant women.

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