Retail cost and energy adjusted cost are associated with dietary diversity and nutrient adequacy for diets of 6–24 months children
Mulabisano, Tshavhuyo A.
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Poor nutrition during the first two years of life has long term consequences, but resourcepoor households often do not have the means to access nutrient-dense and diverse diets. Pooled data of 24-h dietary recalls (n = 3336) and 2019 retail food prices were analyzed to determine associations of retail cost and energy cost (per 100 kcal) with diet quality indicators for diets of 6–24-monthold South African children who were breastfed (BF-diet) and not breastfed (NBF-diet) during the 24-h recall period. Compared to the BF-diet, retail cost for the NBF-diet was three times higher for age 6–11 months, and double for age 12–17 months.