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Nutrition Survey and Protein Consumption Pattern in North Bengal

Sirshendu Pal, Rupsha Dutta Pal, Ujjawal Sharma

Keywords : Calorie, Nutrition, Protein

Citation Information : Pal S, Pal RD, Sharma U. Nutrition Survey and Protein Consumption Pattern in North Bengal. Bengal Physician Journal 2023; 10 (1):2-5.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10070-8002

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-05-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


This observational cross-sectional nutritional survey was done on 100 patients from the Hills and Dooars of North Bengal. The survey was done to study the contribution of protein, fat, and carbohydrate to the calorie intake of the population of hills and Dooars. The average daily consumption of protein and the number of various food groups comprising the intake of protein of the population of North Bengal were also studied. The mean protein intake in the study population was 72.95 gm/day while the mean fat intake and mean carbohydrate intake were 52.75 gm/day and 283.83 gm/day respectively. The mean calorie intake was 1842.28 Kcal. Protein contributed 16.8% of the total energy intake of the study population that is, the protein energy (PE) ratio was 16.8% while fat contributed 24%. Among males PE ratio was 18.7% while among females it was 15.44%. The energy intake of females was significantly different from that of males. The protein intake was more in males compared to females, as also the fat intake. However, the same was not true for carbohydrates. The calorie intake in our population was substantially lower than the recommendations while the protein intake was quite high. This perhaps may be one of the reasons why in North Bengal a large section of the population suffers from hyperuricemia, gouty arthritis, urinary tract calculi, and chronic kidney diseases.

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