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Table 4 Most cited foods that mothers or caregivers feed their children. All values in the table are expressed as percentage

From: Social circumstances and cultural beliefs influence maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and child feeding practices in South Africa

Specific foods given to children Percentage of mothers (N = 84) Number of times given per week
Everyday Often (5–6 times) Sometimes (3–4 times) Rarely (0–2 times)
Porridge (burned flour and mealie meal) 57 54 13 25 8
Niknaks snacks 49 15 51 32 2
Potatoes 44 30 22 32 16
Carrots 24 25 5 45 25
Umphokoqo/african salad (mealie meal and sour milk) 20 18 24 47 12
Milk (fresh or sour) 20 41 18 41 6
Butternut 17 29 0 50 21
Vegetables (mostly spinach and cabbage) 17 21 0 36 43
Purity (commercial baby food) 13 18 9 64 9
Brown bread (mostly served with sour milk) 13 36 0 45 9
Fruits (banana and apple) 11 22 0 78 0
Noodles 11 33 11 33 22
Rice 10 25 0 63 13