Nutritional profile of Indian rural preschoolers

Manu Khetarpaul (Department of Foods and Nutrition, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India)
N. Khetarpaul (Department of Foods and Nutrition, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 1 December 2005



This study aims to report on the nutritional profile of preschool children of 4 to 5 years.


The data on raw food intake of the randomly selected subjects were collected by 24hr recall method for three consecutive days and the mean was taken. Daily intake of various nutrients by each subject was calculated using MSU Nutriguide and this was further compared with RDA recommended by ICMR to assess the adequacy of their diets.


The analysis revealed that the intake of protein, fat, calcium, thiamine, folic acid and vitamin B12 was more than or equal to Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) as recommended by the Indian Council of Medical Research, while the intake of energy, iron, vitamin C, niacin and riboflavin was less than their respective RDAs. The intake of β‐carotene was marginally adequate. Boys consumed significantly more amount of energy and folic acid than girls.

Research limitations/implications

A large number of samples could not be taken owing to practical difficulties.


The study is original and innovative. The findings are useful for the policy makers and nutritionists who have to implement supplementary feeding programmes.



Khetarpaul, M. and Khetarpaul, N. (2005), "Nutritional profile of Indian rural preschoolers", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 35 No. 6, pp. 428-435.

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