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Highlights from the November 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association

CHICAGO The November 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. Below is a summary of some of this months articles. For more information or to receive a copy of a Journal article, e-mail

ADA Participates in Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association is participating in the Council of Science Editors Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development. This international collaboration has brought together more than 230 journals from both developed and developing countries to simultaneously publish papers that raise awareness, stimulate interest and encourage research into the effects of poverty on human development.

The Journal has devoted its entire November issue to the theme, contributing 15 original research articles as well as editorial commentary. Collectively, the Global Theme Issue includes new original research, review articles, editorials, perspectives, news stories and other articles.

In keeping with the Global Theme Issues spirit of collaboration and outreach, the Journal has designated all research articles in the November issue as open access, meaning that they are freely available to both ADA members and non-members alike through the Journals Web site at

Can Low-Income Families Afford to Eat Recommended Amounts of Fruits and Vegetables"

According to researchers at the University of California Davis, important cost barriers exist for low-income consumers who want to eat according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

To determine if price is a barrier to fruit and vegetable consumption for low-income families, the researchers compared the average cost of a selection of fruits and vegetables based on the 1995 Dietary Guidelines Thrifty Food Plan to a market basket from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines.

While the 2005 market basket cost 4 percent less than the 1995 Thrifty Food Plan, it would still require a low-income family to devote between 43 percent and 70 percent of its food budget to fruits and vegetables, according to the researchers.

Public policies should examine ways to make fruits and vegetables more affordable to low-income families, the researchers conclude.

Additional research articles in the November Journal of the American Dietetic Association include:

  • Staying Focused on the Undernourished Child: India
  • Poverty and Food Intake in Rural America: Diet Quality Is Lower in Food Insecure Adults in the Mississippi Delta
  • Neighborhood Deprivation Is Associated with Lower Levels of Serum Carotenoids among U.S. Adults Participating in NHANES III
  • Food Security Status and Produce Intake and Behaviors of WIC and Farmers Market Nutrition Program Participants
  • Food Store Types, Availability and Cost of Foods in a Rural Environment
  • The Prevalence of Low Serum Zinc and Copper and Dietary Habits Associated with Serum Zinc and Copper in 12-36 Month Old Children at Risk of Iron Deficiency from Low-Income Families
  • Water and Food Safety in the Developing World: Global Implications for Health and Nutrition
  • Association between Unhealthy Eating Patterns and Unfavorable Overall School Performance in Children.


Contact: Jennifer Starkey
American Dietetic Association

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