According to BRFSS data for 1998, only 22.4% of Latinos reported consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day on average compared with 24.3% of whites (Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion et al. 2000). Regional data from Texas and California also showed that Latinos are more likely than are whites to consume saturated fats in the form of whole milk, fried foods, and use of animal fat for cooking and to consume more beans as a highly valued source of fiber (Haffner et al. 1985; Otero-Sabogal et al. 1995).

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