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Revista de Nutrição

versão impressa ISSN 1415-5273


GORGULHO, Bartira Mendes; FISBERG, Regina Mara  e  MARCHIONI, Dirce Maria Lobo. Away-from-home meals: Prevalence and characteristics in a metropolis. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.6, pp.703-713. ISSN 1415-5273.


This study aimed to characterize away-from-home meals.


This population-based, cross-sectional study measured dietary intake by administering 24-hour recalls by telephone. Away-from-home breakfast, lunch, and dinner were described and characterized according to the foods that contribute most to the intake of energy, fat, sodium, and added sugar permeal.


f the 834 respondents, 24% had had at least one meal away from home. The average energy intake per away-from-home meal was 628 kcal (±101 kcal), about 35% of the average daily intake for this population. Meals contained both healthy foods, such as rice, beans, and fish, and unhealthy foods, such as soft drinks, snacks, sandwiches, and pizza.


Individuals who ate away from home had worse diets. However, the presence of healthy foods indicates a possibility of improvement if purposeful programmatic actions are taken.

Palavras-chave : Eating; Feeding behavior; Food habits.

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