Objectives. This study examined whether foods in household pantries are an indicator of household members' diet. Methods. In a random-digit-dial survey, the presence in the house of 15 high-fat foods was assessed with whoever answered the phone. A randomly selected household member was surveyed about diet-related behaviors (n = 1002). Results. Individuals in the precontemplation stage of dietary change had more high-fat foods in their pantry than those in maintenance (means of 7.4 and 5.8, respectively). Individuals with low-fat pantries had an intake of 32% energy from fat vs 37% for those with high-fat pantries. Conclusions. Household food inventories are a practical and valid approach to monitoring dietary behaviors in community- based studies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health