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Table 3 Regional distribution of selected food group intake collected in the Diet History Questionnaire

From: Multi-center feasibility study evaluating recruitment, variability in risk factors and biomarkers for a diet and cancer cohort in India

  New Delhi (n = 839) Mumbai (n = 768) Trivandrum (n = 2301)
  % Median** % Median** % Median**
Food ≥ 1/month* (10%, 90%) ≥ 1/month (10%, 90%) ≥1/month (10%, 90%)
Total Cereals       
   Total rice products 97.8 3.5 (1.0, 9.0) 98.2 14.8 (7.2, 18.0) 100.0 19.0 (13.0, 22.5)
Fermented rice < 1 0 (0, 0) 41.9 0 (0, 2.0) 96.9 4.0 (2.0, 7.0)
   Total wheat products 100.0 21.0 (14.5, 28.0) 99.5 21.0 (12.0, 30.0) 80.3 2.0 (0, 8.5)
Refined wheat 64.7 1.00 (0, 6.0) 77.3 3.50 (0, 11.0) 16.2 0 (0, 2.0)
Vegetables 99.7 16.3 (6.0, 28.5) 99.9 20.0 (12.0, 44.0) 99.7 15.3 (7.5, 27.0)
Cruciferous 61.1 0.5 (0, 2.2) 84.5 2.0 (0, 4.0) 78.0 1.0 (0, 3.0)
Potato/starchy 98.8 4.5 (1.2, 10.4) 94.9 3.5 (1.0, 8.0) 92.2 1.5 (0.2, 5.0)
Fruits 83.5 1.8 (0, 8.0.0) 77.6 3.2 (0, 9.2) 83.8 2.0 (0, 8.0)
Banana 38.7 0 (0, 2.0) 68.8 1.6 (0, 4.0) 82.5 2.0 (0, 7.0)
Total Pulses 99.4 6.5 (2.0, 12.0) 99.6 16.0 (9.0, 22.5) 97.7 4.0 (1.8, 7.2)
   Pulses with skin 89.0 2.0 (0, 6.2) 97.3 8.0 (3.8, 12.0) 87.0 1.0 (0, 3.0)
Total Meat 48.4 0 (0, 3.0) 85.8 2.0 (0, 4.0) 80.5 1.0 (0, 3.5)
   Red meat 45.6 0 (0, 1.5) 69.1 0.5 (0, 2.0) 69.4 0.5 (0, 2.0)
Fish 20.8 0 (0, 0.5) 84.8 5.0 (0, 9.0) 98.4 14.0 (6.1, 21.0)
   Dried fish < 1 0 (0, 0) 56.0 0.5 (0, 2.0) 36.6 0 (0, 1.0)
Total Dairy 98.0 8.0 (1.8, 18.5) 57.9 0.8 (0, 7.0) 72.7 1.0 (0, 7.0)
   Curd/Yogurt 96.4 5.0 (1.2, 14.2) 51.2 0.3 (0, 3.0) 70.4 1.0 (0, 4.0)
Sweet snacks 83.8 1.0 (0, 2.5) 61.2 0.5 (0, 2.5) 61.8 0.4 (0, 2.6)
Savory snacks 78.9 1.2 (0, 4.8) 52.9 0.5 (0, 8.8) 86.3 2.5 (0, 7.8)
Pickled food 68.7 1.0 (0, 7.0) 51.6 0.9 (0, 2.0) 72.6 1.3 (0, 7.0)
Chutneys 65.6 1.0 (0, 5.0) 65.9 1.0 (0, 4.0) 93.5 2.0 (0.8, 3.0)
  1. *Percent of foods consumed more than once a month.
  2. ** Median frequency of intake/week (10th and 90th percentile).