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Revista chilena de nutrición

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CACERES, Paola et al. Food portion exchange lists in Chile and the world: History, uses and considerations. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2020, vol.47, n.3, pp.484-492. ISSN 0717-7518.

The food portion exchange list is a simple and fast methodology that is used to give dietary indications to healthy and sick users. A review was carried out to update concepts and evaluate the current state of the exchange list used and their application. The system is widely used in different countries, including Chile, there are different types of foods or preparations exchange lists that use different methodologies for the definition of portions, according to the diversity and number of foods present. Its use is mainly for healthcare purposes, being also useful in community education and college teaching. In Chile, the food portion exchange lists were published in 1999 and have not been updated since. Reasons such as the change in the epidemiological profile, greater access to information and the diversification of foods in the diet, make necessary an in-depth review of the national lists, in order to incorporate a greater diversity of foods and typical preparations. Exchange lists are a necessary technical tool fundamental for nutrition professionals and contribute to the health and culture of countries.

Keywords : Exchange lists; Dietary indications; Food education; Food equivalency; Portions.

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