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Heart Health Assessment with pattern of Food Intake for Omega 3 Fatty Acids among Young Household Women

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Food Service Management and Dietetics, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 2Department of Food Service Management and Dietetics, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 5, Issue (8), Pages 21-25, August,2 (2016)


Cardiovascular diseases are one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity among the population of developing countries like India. The rise in cardiovascular diseases reflects a significant change in diet habits worldwide as a result of industrialisation and globalisation of food market. A total of 100 household women was selected from the urban areas of Coimbatore to assess the heart health and associate with the pattern of food intake for foods rich in omega three fatty acids. A total of six modules were designed to impart education among the study participants which are heart friendly guidelines, healthy food choices, heart friendly recipes, healthy heart, Omega 3 fatty acids and lifestyle management. A checklist was designed comprising Omega 3 fatty acid food frequency record in order to know the impact of education among the study participants. The study participants when assessed at pre and post education on omega 3 fatty acids and cardiac health had a positive impact. Awareness is the vital need of the hour and it emphasizes the awareness and behavioural modification among the population especially the younger groups. Omega 3 fatty acids consumption counteracts the negative associations between fatness and cardiovascular disease risk factors in young overweight and obese adults. A statistically significant decrease in Low Density Lipoprotein and Very Low Density Lipoprotein was reported among the young household women.


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