May 18, 2009 An international group of researchers has studied the link between meal times and the choice of foods eaten by Spaniards aged between 25 and 49. The study, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Appetite, analyses the cases of specific foodstuffs, in particular fruit. The results show that 66% of adults living in Spain eat fruit with their main meals, particularly from Monday to Friday.
The study, carried out on-line using a sample of 831 people living in Spain aged between 25 and 49, recorded their food intake during the day and related this to the social context of these kinds of foods. The results show that we eat certain foods in preference to others depending upon the time of the meal.
When it comes to fruit, the study shows that 66% of adults eat it with their main meals, although it is not a major component of these meals. According to the study's authors, most fruit is consumed during the day around 3pm and after 7pm. In addition, the data show that fruit is a "Monday to Friday" food, as it is eaten less frequently at the weekend.
The researchers have also discovered links between some kinds of food and certain contexts. For example, there is a relationship between the ‘sandwich' and ‘sweets and chocolates' categories and working at a computer.
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