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|Title: ||Assessment of food and nutrient provision within prisons in the Ashanti region of Ghana|
|Authors: ||Agyapong, Nana Ama Frimpomaa|
Annan, Reginald Adjetey
|Issue Date: ||15-Sep-2018|
|Publisher: ||Asian Food Science Journal|
|Abstract: ||Objective: Food provision within the institutional environment is important and goes beyond
satisfying the physiological need for food to other matters such as overall health and wellbeing
which are of core importance to individuals. There is a paucity of data as regards food and nutrient
provision within Ghanaian prisons. This study assessed nutrient provision from a static menu within
three adult prisons in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
Design: The Household record was used to determine the quantity of ingredients provided for each
food item on the menu and the West African food composition table was used to analyse nutrients
from raw ingredients weighed.
Settings: This study was conducted within three prisons, one female prison and two male prisons.
Results: The overall mean daily caloric provision for the three prisons was 2114.1±329.3 kcal/d.Protein 38.23 g/d for males, 418.4 g/d for females, fibre 24.8 g/d for males, 42.4 g/d for females,
vitamin A 88.25 μg/d for males, 3087.2 μg/d for females, vitamin E 4.65 mg/d for males, 18.5 mg/d
for females, vitamin C 19.95 mg/d for males, 96.4 mg/d for females, vitamin B12 0.95 μg/d for males,
2.8 μg/d for females and folate 234.4 μg/d for males, 868.3 μg/d for females provided were
inadequate for male inmates but in excess for females.
Conclusion: Nutrients provided by the prison food was outside the recommended quantities being
mostly excessive for females and inadequate for males. Interventions of appropriate nutritional
provision should commence in Ghanaian prisons as inadequate or excess nutrient provision poses a
health risk to inmates.|
|Description: ||An article published by Asian Food Science Journal and also available at DOI: 10.9734/AFSJ/2018/43579|
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