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Dietary and nutrient intake of a Sami population living in traditional reindeer herding areas in north Norway: comparisons with a group of Norwegians.
Int J Circumpolar Health. 1999 Apr; 58(2):120-33.IJ

Abstract

The Samis are an ethnic minority living in the Northern region of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Traditionally the Samis made their living from reindeer herding with some fishing and agriculture. Earlier studies have shown that their diet consisted of large amounts of reindeer meat, some fish and wild berries with low intakes of other fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Due to the introduction of technical improvements like snowmobiles and terrain vehicles which makes moving with the herd less necessary, their lifestyle has changed. There is little documentation how this has affected their dietary habits. In this study, the dietary pattern and nutrient intake of a group of Samis (n = 75) living in traditional reindeer herding areas of North Norway were investigated and compared with that of a group of Norwegians (n = 65). Dietary information was obtained through an interview by a nutritionist using the dietary history method. The findings indicate that nutrient content of the Sami diet is adequate except for folic acid. Calcium and iron intake was slightly below recommended levels for Sami females. There seems to be some difference between the diet of the Samis and Norwegians. The Samis consume more meat, fat, table sugar and coffee and less fruits and vegetables. The dietary pattern of the Samis seems, however, to be changing toward a more typically Norwegian diet.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nutrition, Tromsø Regional Hospital, Norway.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10429341

Citation

Nilsen, H, et al. "Dietary and Nutrient Intake of a Sami Population Living in Traditional Reindeer Herding Areas in North Norway: Comparisons With a Group of Norwegians." International Journal of Circumpolar Health, vol. 58, no. 2, 1999, pp. 120-33.
Nilsen H, Utsi E, Bønaa KH. Dietary and nutrient intake of a Sami population living in traditional reindeer herding areas in north Norway: comparisons with a group of Norwegians. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1999;58(2):120-33.
Nilsen, H., Utsi, E., & Bønaa, K. H. (1999). Dietary and nutrient intake of a Sami population living in traditional reindeer herding areas in north Norway: comparisons with a group of Norwegians. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 58(2), 120-33.
Nilsen H, Utsi E, Bønaa KH. Dietary and Nutrient Intake of a Sami Population Living in Traditional Reindeer Herding Areas in North Norway: Comparisons With a Group of Norwegians. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1999;58(2):120-33. PubMed PMID: 10429341.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Dietary and nutrient intake of a Sami population living in traditional reindeer herding areas in north Norway: comparisons with a group of Norwegians. AU - Nilsen,H, AU - Utsi,E, AU - Bønaa,K H, PY - 1999/8/3/pubmed PY - 1999/8/3/medline PY - 1999/8/3/entrez SP - 120 EP - 33 JF - International journal of circumpolar health JO - Int J Circumpolar Health VL - 58 IS - 2 N2 - The Samis are an ethnic minority living in the Northern region of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Traditionally the Samis made their living from reindeer herding with some fishing and agriculture. Earlier studies have shown that their diet consisted of large amounts of reindeer meat, some fish and wild berries with low intakes of other fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Due to the introduction of technical improvements like snowmobiles and terrain vehicles which makes moving with the herd less necessary, their lifestyle has changed. There is little documentation how this has affected their dietary habits. In this study, the dietary pattern and nutrient intake of a group of Samis (n = 75) living in traditional reindeer herding areas of North Norway were investigated and compared with that of a group of Norwegians (n = 65). Dietary information was obtained through an interview by a nutritionist using the dietary history method. The findings indicate that nutrient content of the Sami diet is adequate except for folic acid. Calcium and iron intake was slightly below recommended levels for Sami females. There seems to be some difference between the diet of the Samis and Norwegians. The Samis consume more meat, fat, table sugar and coffee and less fruits and vegetables. The dietary pattern of the Samis seems, however, to be changing toward a more typically Norwegian diet. SN - 1239-9736 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10429341/Dietary_and_nutrient_intake_of_a_Sami_population_living_in_traditional_reindeer_herding_areas_in_north_Norway:_comparisons_with_a_group_of_Norwegians_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -