Title

營養補充劑使用者之使用狀況與原因

Translated Titles

Pattern and Purpose of Dietary Supplements Use in Taiwan

DOI

10.6691/JCNS.200109_26(3).0005

Authors

陳怡君(Yi-Chun Chen);丁志音(Chih-Yin Lew-Ting);曾明淑(Min-Su Tseng);潘文涵(Wen-Harn Pan)

Key Words

營養補充劑 ; 補充劑使用方式 ; 使用補充劑的理由 ; dietary supplement ; patterns of supplement usage ; motives of supplement usage

PublicationName

中華民國營養學會雜誌

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

26卷3期(2001 / 09 / 01)

Page #

193 - 202

Content Language

繁體中文

Chinese Abstract

This study describes practices of dietary supplement consumption among the general population, including the variety of supplements which are used, patterns of combined use, relationships of personal characteristics and patterns of use, and motives of and purposes for supplement use. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were employed for this study. Data for the major part of the analyses were derived from the National Nutrition and Health Survey carried out from 1993~ 1995 in Taiwan. In total, 806 participants aged from 19~ 64 years who self-reported consuming dietary supplements were included in the study to delineate patterns of supplement use. Small-group in-depth interviews were conducted among two groups of clinical dietitians to explore the motives of and purposes for supplement use. Results show: (1) Western-style rather than Chinese-style dietary supplements are much more widely used. (2) If at least two types of supplement are regularly consumed, vitamins C and E constitute the most commonly seen combination. The greater the variety at supplements consumed, the more likely it was that a mixed consumption of Western-style and Chinese-style supplements was observed. (3) Female, older adults, and people with higher educational levels tended to be multiple-supplement users. (4) To pursue health and beauty and meet nutritional needs were the major motives for supplement intake. (5) Excessive intake of certain nutrients was observed. The general public regularly consumed a large variety of dietary supplements. People hold strong expectations toward the effects 01 dietary supplements and inappropriate use particularly over consumption is common, Health professionals should enhance their ability to communicate with people with regard to a proper way of supplement consumption.

English Abstract

This study describes practices of dietary supplement consumption among the general population, including the variety of supplements which are used, patterns of combined use, relationships of personal characteristics and patterns of use, and motives of and purposes for supplement use. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were employed for this study. Data for the major part of the analyses were derived from the National Nutrition and Health Survey carried out from 1993~ 1995 in Taiwan. In total, 806 participants aged from 19~ 64 years who self-reported consuming dietary supplements were included in the study to delineate patterns of supplement use. Small-group in-depth interviews were conducted among two groups of clinical dietitians to explore the motives of and purposes for supplement use. Results show: (1) Western-style rather than Chinese-style dietary supplements are much more widely used. (2) If at least two types of supplement are regularly consumed, vitamins C and E constitute the most commonly seen combination. The greater the variety at supplements consumed, the more likely it was that a mixed consumption of Western-style and Chinese-style supplements was observed. (3) Female, older adults, and people with higher educational levels tended to be multiple-supplement users. (4) To pursue health and beauty and meet nutritional needs were the major motives for supplement intake. (5) Excessive intake of certain nutrients was observed. The general public regularly consumed a large variety of dietary supplements. People hold strong expectations toward the effects 01 dietary supplements and inappropriate use particularly over consumption is common, Health professionals should enhance their ability to communicate with people with regard to a proper way of supplement consumption.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學
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