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Variety in Food Purchases: Associations with Diet Quality and Household Food Waste among Families with Young Children

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dc.contributor.advisor Ma, David
dc.contributor.advisor Haines, Jess
dc.contributor.author Carroll, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-14T12:53:58Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-14T12:53:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2021-08
dc.date.created 2021-08-30
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26407
dc.description.abstract Food variety is recognized as an important aspect to healthy eating. This thesis investigated the cross-sectional associations between variety in food purchases, diet quality and household food waste among 85 families who reside in Guelph, Ontario. Variety in food purchases was assessed using receipt data in 5 food categories: fruits and vegetables, grain products, protein foods, dairy products, and snack foods. Diet quality was measured using the Healthy Eating Index-2015, and household food waste was quantified using waste audits. Variety in fruit and vegetable purchases had the greatest variability. Using linear regression and adjusting for covariates, we found that variety in snack food purchases was inversely associated with parent and child diet quality scores. No further significant associations were observed. Our study highlights the importance of evaluating variety in both healthy and unhealthy food categories, since this approach may reveal important predictors of diet quality. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Helderleigh Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject Food variety en_US
dc.subject Diet quality en_US
dc.subject Food waste en_US
dc.subject Food purchases en_US
dc.subject Family en_US
dc.title Variety in Food Purchases: Associations with Diet Quality and Household Food Waste among Families with Young Children en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Human Health and Nutritional Sciences en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences en_US
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dc.degree.grantor University of Guelph en_US


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