Kareem, O.W., Oladipo, F.O. and P.B. Kharde
Nutritional status of people in developing countries is not in good shape particularly the vulnerable (rural populace) and the situation needed urgent attention. And most rural households had uneven food intake pattern throughout the year based on season and affordability due to different familiesâ€™ income level. Vegetable, a very important food group for the attainment of good health, was investigated to determine its consumption pattern and perceived benefits among rural dwellers in Moro Local Government area of Kwara State, Nigeria. A random sampling technique was applied to select 102 respondents and well structured questionnaire was used for data collection. The result indicates that 44.1 per cent were male and 55.9 per cent were female. Majority (79%) of them was married and only 32.1 per cent had no formal education. There was a significant relationship between selected variables and personal characteristics of respondents. A significant difference was also existed in the consumption pattern of vegetables among the consumers. The study however showed a low consumption rate for cucumber, cabbage and lettuce which are not just nutritious but also medicinal. The study recommended that nutrition education should be put in place most especially in the rural areas on the benefits of vegetable consumption by training women on how to prepare different delicacies from vegetables to improve rural health and production capacity.
Keyword: Consumption pattern; Vegetables; Rural households;