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Revista de Nutrição

versão impressa ISSN 1415-5273

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COELHO, Maria Auristela Magalhães et al. Functional health literacy and healthy eating: Understanding the brazilian food guide recommendations. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.6, pp.715-723. ISSN 1415-5273.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1415-52732014000600006.

Objective:

To assess the relationship between the functional health literacy of Unified Heath System users and the understanding of food servings in the pocket version of the Brazilian Food Guide.

Methods:

Functional health literacy was assessed by the Brief Test of functional health literacy.Two dialogue rounds were conducted with patients with adequate functional health literacy (Group 1) and inadequate functional health literacy (Group 2). The dialogues were recorded and analyzed according to the discourse of the collective subject.

Results:

Most (58.0%) users had inadequate functional health literacy. Five core areas were identified: understands serving sizes; does not understand serving sizes; serving sizes are confusing; unfamiliar/uncommon foods; small letters. Group 2 had more trouble understanding.

Conclusion:

Difficulty understanding hinders health promotion. Individuals need to have access to educational materials that are easier to understand and developed taking their functional health literacy into account.

Palavras-chave : Food guide; Functional health literacy; Health food.

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