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Revista científica ciencias de la salud

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MELGAREJO, María Isabel  e  RAMOS, Pasionaria. Characteristics of the consumption of food displayed on public streets, Paraguay. Rev. cient. cienc. salud [online]. 2023, vol.5, e5105.  Epub 31-Mar-2023. ISSN 2664-2891.

Introduction: street food is prepared by street vendors, constituting an important segment of the informal market. Objective: to characterize the consumption of street food expended in Paraguay during the year 2020. Methodology: cross-sectional, descriptive and analytical study carried out from May to November 2020, with 397 participants by convenience sampling. The Google form was used and disseminated through digital platforms and social networks. It was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences. Results: 397 people participated, 79.1% (314) were female, 58.7% (233) were between 18 and 40 years old, 54.7% (217) resided in the Metropolitan Area, 47.6% (189) they were single, 62.3% (134) were university students. 40.6% (161) consume these foods because it was "quick and easy". The tenderloin was consumed more frequently 43.5% (70). 14.35 (23) had a negative experience due to "strange tastes" 7.5% (12), 1.9% (3) had to miss work or study due to these discomforts, 0.6 presenting vomiting 0,6 % (1). Being under 40 years of age (OR=2.5 IC95% 1.6 - 3.8 p=0.00001), being male (OR=1.8 IC95% 1.1 - 2.9 p=0.001), being a student (OR=2.2 IC95% 1.4 - 3.5 p=0.0004) and being without a partner (OR=1.5 IC95% 1 - 1.2 p=0.03) were factors of risk for the consumption of food on public roads. Conclusion: A high proportion of people consume food on public roads, with tenderloin being the most preferred. More than a half reported having had a negative experience, especially since the food had strange flavours.

Palavras-chave : food; street food; food safety.

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