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Nat Prod Res. 2018 Mar 19:1-7. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2018.1452016. [Epub ahead of print]

Mediterranean diet in a Sicilian student population. Second part: breakfast and its nutritional profile.

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a SASTAS section, Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging , University of Messina , Messina , Italy.
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b Department of Pharmacy , University of Salerno , Italy.
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c Science4Life s.r.l., A Spin-off of the University of Messina , Messina , Italy.

Abstract

Breakfast habits affect the nutritional status and health of people, in particular children and adolescents. This is the second part a previous study about the adherence to the Mediterranean diet in a Sicilian (Italy) student population. The investigation analysed both normal weight and overweight subjects in order to understand how eating habits, number of meals and daily calorie intakes could affect their body mass indexes (BMI). The aim of this second part was to analyse the breakfast nutritional profiles of this student population. The results highlighted that breakfast was regularly consumed by a percentage ranging from a maximum of 84% (in normal subjects) to a minimum value of 57.4% (in overweight/obese students). Milk, yoghurt, sugar, bread/rusk and tea contributed as main foods to the breakfast composition. The results highlighted that subjects who consumed breakfast showed lower BMI values with significant differences between normal and overweight/obese students.

KEYWORDS:

Mediterranean diet; Sicily; breakfast; student

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