ABSTRACT

CONSUMPTION OF VEGETABLES AND THEIR NUTRITIONAL STATUS AMONG SELECTED COLLEGE OF HOME ECONOMICS STUDENTS IN WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY, ZAMBOANGA CITY By Calalimlaliman, Leah T. Gonzalez, Anne Luvin T. Padua, Ella Anne O. May 2011

Prof. Leah B. Santos Adviser

The study purported to answer the following questions:

1.) What is the demographical profile of the respondents in terms of: a. b. c. d. e. Age Educational Attainment of Parents Ethnicity Gender Course and Year level

2.) What are the common vegetables consumed and the frequency of consumption among CHE students? 3.) What are beneficial effects on the consumption of vegetables? 4.) What is the nutritional status of the CHE students?

and gender. The study followed an exploratorydescriptive research in a quantitative approach and employed a questionnaire checklist. which comprises of 5 students per year level. educational attainment of parents.) Is there a significant difference on the consumption of vegetables and their nutritional status among selected CHE students when data are group according to age. the level of awareness of the respondents on the beneficial effects of the consumption of vegetables. educational attainment of the parents. and whether there is a significant difference on the consumption of vegetables and their nutritional status when data are group according to the different demographical factors or none. The findings showed that there is no significant difference . ethnicity. The researchers hypothesized that there is a significant difference between the consumption of vegetables and nutritional status of the selected ND students where data are group according to age. and gender? Data gathered from the questionnaire-checklist administered to 60 respondents in the four selected courses of the College of Home Economics yielded the following findings: A recent study reveals that Filipinos are the lowest in terms of vegetable consumption among Asian countries and people who eat too little vegetables are deficient in all micro-nutrients required for good nutrition. The problem of the study sought to determine the demographical profile of the respondents. ethnicity.The respondents of the study were the selected CHE students (from 1st – 3rd year). which were obtained by taking 15 sample students per course. the consumption of vegetables among CHE students.5.

it boost immune system. lifestyle disease. 6) There is a significant difference on the nutritional status when data are grouped according father’s educational attainment. then 3 servings and lastly. Based on the findings of the study. and Low Normal. course enrolled and year level consume vegetables every day. the following conclusions are given: 1) The respondents of the study. malunggay. 2) The respondents are eating vegetables daily with these usually consumed vegetables ranked in order of the respondents’ usual consumption: eggplant. it regulates the normal heartbeat. most of the respondents strongly agree with the statements that vegetable consumption prevents the development of cancer. and carrots. followed by CED Gr I. 5) On the area of beneficial effects on the consumption of vegetables.in the consumption of vegetables with their demographical profile. it controls blood cholesterol levels and maintains the normal functioning if all cellular units. it prevents nutritional deficiencies. mother’s educational attainment and . respectively. it is high in fiber. only one respondent answered that he consumes 4-5 servings a day. it promotes good eyesight. 4) On the area of frequency on vegetable consumption. most of the respondents consume 2 servings a day. cabbage. most of the respondents were classified as Normal. whether age. petsay. gender. educational attainment of parents. it adds bulk in the diet and important for the elimination of fecal waste. it promotes good health and well-being. but there is a significant difference in terms of their nutritional status. followed by 1 serving. 3) On the area of nutritional status. ethnicity. squash fruit.

The study also suggests having a further research on the comparison of consumption of vegetables versus the consumption of junk foods. As a result of the findings and conclusions generated from the study. . and ethnicity. workshops. the following recommendations are given: The study recommends a vegetable awareness campaign in other colleges and institutions.gender but no significant difference when grouped according to age. conferences and others about the advantages of vegetable consumption and include the campaign on the recommended consumption of at least five servings of vegetables every day from the National Dietary Guidelines. agricultural centers and other non-governmental organizations to the populace in Zamboanga City in the form of seminars.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We. . to the panelists. Melanie B. to our parents for their undying moral and financial support and lastly to our Almighty God who continue to inspire and enlighten us spiritually. Anama for giving criticisms which helped improve our study. and as well for the members Ms. Lear and Ms. Jayashree C. the researchers of the study would like to give our deepest gratitude to our adviser Prof. Domen as the chairperson. Ms. Santos for the guidance and support during the process of making our thesis. Antonietta H. Leah B. to our respondents who cooperated during the gathering of data.

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