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USAID Advancing Nutrition
Public Health Nutrition
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Journal Article

The study analyzed data from seven surveys with 24-hour open dietary recalls to evaluate: (1) the percentage of reported foods that were included in each sentinel food list; (2) whether these lists captured consumption of some food groups better than others and (3) differences between estimates of dietary diversity calculated from all food items mentioned in the open 24-hour recall vs. only food items included in the sentinel lists. Results indicated that national sentinel food lists can provide reliable data at subnational levels for most food groups, with some variability by country and sub-region. Assessing the accuracy of national sentinel food lists, especially for fruits and vegetables, before using them at the subnational level could avoid potentially underestimating dietary diversity and provide more accurate local information for programs, policy and research.

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