Teran-Garcia stressed the importance of developing healthy food habits early in life, and she sees her efforts at the university as an intervention that could change the students’ thinking.
“We are concerned because persons in this age group don’t visit the doctor often, and they may not know they have problems with their weight, blood pressure, lipids, or blood sugar,” she said.
Adopting the USDA dairy recommendation as a young person is a low-cost approach to maintain health and decrease future disease risk, she said. “And, in a few years, when our survey participants are parents, they’ll be able to model good nutrition for their children.”
Co-authors of Consumption of dairy and metabolic syndrome risk in a convenient sample of Mexican college applicants, published in the January 2013 issue of Food and Nutrition Sciences and available online at http://www.scirp.org/journal/fns/, are Michelle A. Mosley and Flavia C.D. Andrade of the U of I and Celia Aradillas-Garcia of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosί, Mexico.