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Type Journal Article - World Applied Sciences Journal
Title Fat soluble vitamins (A, E and K) intake among a sample of Jordanian university students
Volume 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 252-257
URL http://idosi.org/wasj/wasj5(2)/19.pdf
The present study evaluates the fat soluble vitamins (A, E and K) intake in a selected group of femaleand male university students living in Amman and Zarqa, Jordan. Eighty subjects (40 males, 40 females), aged19-25 years,participated as random volunteers in the study. Students were asked to fill out a self- reportedquestionnaire that included questions on their eating and smoking habits. Also, their weight, height and bodymass index (BMI) were measured. Dietary intake of total fat and fat soluble vitamins (A,E and K) were evaluatedby means of a 3 days food record (2 weekdays and 1 weekend day). The nutrient calculations were carried outusing the USDA’s food composition tables. This study showed that about (36%) of the students were eitheroverweight or obese (46% male students compared to 26% female students). The mean calculated daily intakeof all vitamins for both sexes are below the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) except vitamin K intake forfemale students which was above the recommended adequate intake (AI). 90% of males and 70% of females haddaily dietary intakes below two-thirds of the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for vitamin A. Wile, 90%of both genders had vitamin E intakes below two-thirds of the RDAs. For vitamin K, 70% of male students andonly 30% of female students had daily intakes below two-thirds of the RDAs. Results indicate that universitystudents may be at risk of deficiencies of mentioned vitamins. They would benefit from a nutrition and healthpromotion program to reduce the tendency of overweight and obesity among students, particularly males andto improve students’ eating habits

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