Food Preparation Practices and Nutrition Knowledge of Household Caregivers in Southern Kwazulu Natal
19 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 20, 2015
Caregiving tasks involve a wide range of services given by the caregivers including general management of the household activities. This study was aimed at examining the nutrition knowledge and food handling practices of household caregivers in rural communities within Mandeni Municipality located in the rural part of KwaZulu Natal (KZN). Data collection was done through structured questionnaires that contained predetermined questions. The study probed on the socioeconomic background of the household caregivers. Questions also delved on the nutrition knowledge and the food handling practices of caregivers. The results of the study revealed that women were the main caregivers in the households. Furthermore, a larger percentage of the households depend on social grants for source of income that must care for up to more than ten members of the family. Caregivers demonstrated cooking methods such as boiling, grilling, roasting and stewing as the most preferred cookery methods for meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Boiling vegetables proved the most popular method among caregivers. The study established that the household caregivers have acquired nutrition knowledge from different sources, with less contingent indigenous sources of information. More still needs to be done to empower keepers for effective caregiving.
Keywords: Caregivers, Food Handling, Household, Nutrition Knowledge, Preparation practices.
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