Nutrition and diet in the Latino community – Meriden Record-Journal

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When they come to the United States, the nutrition and diet of many Hispanic and Latino immigrants can be affected, leaving them at a higher risk of chronic health problems.

According to Michael Puglisi, assistant extension professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, the Latino and Hispanic diet mainly consists of carbs, grains, and meat.

“A big part of the culture is eating white rice,” Puglisi said. “A healthier and more nutritious option would be switching to brown rice, but since white rice is a staple, it’s difficult to change that habit.”

A recent study from the state Department of Public Health found that 38.1% of Hispanic children drink sugar sweetened beverages at least once per day in comparison to only 20.5% for non-Hispanic white children.

In America fast food such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell, is plentiful, relatively cheap and convenient.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the current dietary concerns include overconsumption of calories, added sugars and added fat while under consuming whole grain, fruits, and vegetables.

In addition, Puglisi said that in Latino and Hispanic communities, there has been a reduction in physical activity. According to the state Department of Public Health, 31.4% of Hispanic adults in Connecticut indicated that they did not complete any physical activity in a day, in comparison to 20% for non-Hispanic white adults. An average of 31.4% of Hispanic children are obese and more likely to grow up to be an obese adult.