Convenience food use in households with male food preparers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Data from the household portion of the 1977-78 USDA Nationwide Food Consumption Survey were used to determine expenditures for convenience and nonconvenience foods and nutrients from those foods. Households with male food preparers accounted for approximately 15% of the survey population, frequently included only one person, and had a larger proportion of young and elderly heads of household than households with a female food preparer. As a group, the foods most frequently reported in households with male food preparers were quite similar to those used by households with female food preparers. Male food preparers spent less of the food dollar on nonconvenience items than did other food preparers, and conversely they spent more on complex and manufactured convenience foods. Total food energy and nutrient levels per nutrition unit of the foods used by households with male food preparers were significantly higher than those in households with female food preparers for all nutrients except thiamin and riboflavin. However, the values were more than 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance values except for vitamin B-6 for both sample groups.

published proceedings

  • J Am Diet Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Pearson, J. M., Capps, O., & Axelson, J.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Pearson, JM||Capps, O||Axelson, J

publication date

  • March 1986