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Jamaican Diet

1. Description of the foods that make up the average diet of an average person in Jamaica.
2. Break down the diet and provide the percentage of the diet that is carbs, protein, and fat.
3. Is the country a developing or developed nation?
4. What percentage of the land is arable?
5. Is there any evidence of malnutrition or famine in Jamaica?
6. Is Jamaica currently experiencing natural catastrophies or has it in its recent history (i.e. drought, etc.)
7. What type of farming methods does Jamaica use (traditional/modern)?

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1. Description of the foods that make up the average diet of an average person in Jamaica.

Rice and peas, ackee and saltfish, chicken or goat, for Sunday dinner; eggs, salads and sweet potatoes may supplement. During the week they tend to eat sardines, eggs, plaintains, and dishes like curry and porridges with coffee, cocoanut water and soda. "Typical Jamaican Meal 2001 March 14, Jamaicans.com. http://www.jamaicans.com/cooking/cookingtips/typicalmeal.shtml

2. Break down the diet and provide the percentage of the diet that is carbs, protein, and fat.

1998-2000 FAOSTAT Jamaica in source below, p. 14 cites: 62.8% Carbs; 11.3% protein and 25.9% fat.

From the chart, one could see a breakdown of: Fat (animal and vegetable): 13.9%; Carb: 41.1% (Cereals and starchy roots); Protein (meat, fish, nuts, dairy): 14.9%.

Source: FAO Nutrition Country Profile Jamaica, August 2003 ftp://ftp.fao.org/ag/agn/nutrition/ncp/jammap.pdf. For other percentages by food group, you may wish to include fruits and vegetables which are omitted form the carb % above, for instance.

[Note: no definitive sources were identified for more current data since 2003]

As of May 30, 2004 according to Patterson, D. Jamaica Primetime at Jamaicans.com http://www.jamaicans.com/articles/health/nutrition-tips-to-improve.shtml : "Although no national surveys on food consumption have been conducted in Jamaica, surveys on living conditions indicate that the number of meals consumed outside of the home has increased. More and more people are eating fast food, which has contributed to the increased consumption of foods high in fat, thus explaining in part the high numbers of adults that are overweight and obese (According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)."

Background Source on Jamaican nutrition trends: Mened, L. et al; 2000. Habitual diet in four populations of African origin: a descriptive paper on nutrient intakes in rural and urban Cameroon, Jamaica and Caribbean migrants in Britain Public Health Nutrition: ...

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