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Special postpartum dietary practices of Hong Kong Chinese women.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2000 Oct; 54(10):797-802.EJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

A 'ginger vinegar soup' and other special dietary practices have been traditionally recommended for postpartum Chinese women. This paper describes these practices in the first 6 weeks postpartum, and details of the calcium and iron content of the 'ginger vinegar soup'.

DESIGN AND SUBJECTS

Results of this paper were generated from a longitudinal study on the nutritional status of Hong Kong Chinese postpartum women. 'Ginger vinegar soup' samples were collected at the 2 week home visits. Calcium and iron content were measured by the combination of dry ashing method and atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Results were compared with other types of soup and food sources. A food frequency questionnaire was completed at the 6 week interview to assess the special dietary practices during this period.

RESULTS

Fifty-one subjects completed the food frequency questionnaires. Twenty-two ginger vinegar soup samples and six other soup samples were collected. Consumption of special food items such as ginger, pig's trotters, egg and chicken varied greatly among subjects. More poultry and similar amounts of egg were consumed by our subjects as compared with the Hong Kong general population. Chicken soup and ginger vinegar soup were commonly consumed. Median calcium and iron contents of the ginger vinegar soup were 4.65 and 0.84 mg/dl, respectively. This calcium content was higher than that of the other six soup samples, but was low as compared with other calcium-rich foods. Iron content of ginger vinegar soup was higher than that of the other six samples and was comparable to some iron-rich foods.

CONCLUSIONS

Hong Kong Chinese postpartum women followed traditional dietary practices to different degrees. These practices were characterized by an increased poultry consumption. Iron content of ginger vinegar soup was comparable to some iron-rich foods.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11083489

Citation

Chan, S M., et al. "Special Postpartum Dietary Practices of Hong Kong Chinese Women." European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 54, no. 10, 2000, pp. 797-802.
Chan SM, Nelson EA, Leung SS, et al. Special postpartum dietary practices of Hong Kong Chinese women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2000;54(10):797-802.
Chan, S. M., Nelson, E. A., Leung, S. S., Cheung, P. C., & Li, C. Y. (2000). Special postpartum dietary practices of Hong Kong Chinese women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 54(10), 797-802.
Chan SM, et al. Special Postpartum Dietary Practices of Hong Kong Chinese Women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2000;54(10):797-802. PubMed PMID: 11083489.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Special postpartum dietary practices of Hong Kong Chinese women. AU - Chan,S M, AU - Nelson,E A, AU - Leung,S S, AU - Cheung,P C, AU - Li,C Y, PY - 2000/11/18/pubmed PY - 2001/5/18/medline PY - 2000/11/18/entrez SP - 797 EP - 802 JF - European journal of clinical nutrition JO - Eur J Clin Nutr VL - 54 IS - 10 N2 - OBJECTIVE: A 'ginger vinegar soup' and other special dietary practices have been traditionally recommended for postpartum Chinese women. This paper describes these practices in the first 6 weeks postpartum, and details of the calcium and iron content of the 'ginger vinegar soup'. DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: Results of this paper were generated from a longitudinal study on the nutritional status of Hong Kong Chinese postpartum women. 'Ginger vinegar soup' samples were collected at the 2 week home visits. Calcium and iron content were measured by the combination of dry ashing method and atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Results were compared with other types of soup and food sources. A food frequency questionnaire was completed at the 6 week interview to assess the special dietary practices during this period. RESULTS: Fifty-one subjects completed the food frequency questionnaires. Twenty-two ginger vinegar soup samples and six other soup samples were collected. Consumption of special food items such as ginger, pig's trotters, egg and chicken varied greatly among subjects. More poultry and similar amounts of egg were consumed by our subjects as compared with the Hong Kong general population. Chicken soup and ginger vinegar soup were commonly consumed. Median calcium and iron contents of the ginger vinegar soup were 4.65 and 0.84 mg/dl, respectively. This calcium content was higher than that of the other six soup samples, but was low as compared with other calcium-rich foods. Iron content of ginger vinegar soup was higher than that of the other six samples and was comparable to some iron-rich foods. CONCLUSIONS: Hong Kong Chinese postpartum women followed traditional dietary practices to different degrees. These practices were characterized by an increased poultry consumption. Iron content of ginger vinegar soup was comparable to some iron-rich foods. SN - 0954-3007 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11083489/Special_postpartum_dietary_practices_of_Hong_Kong_Chinese_women_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601095 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -