TABLE 2-5 Mean Seafood Intake Consumed Per Week Among Various Ethnic Groups, in the Multiethnic Cohort Study (1993–1996)

Ethnic Group

Mean + SDa, Amount Consumed Per Week (ounces)

African Americans


Men (n=11,772)


Women (n=20,130)


Latinos, born in Mexico, South or Central America


Men (n=10,180)


Women (n=10,903)


Latinos, born in United States


Men (n=10,613)


Women (n=11,255)


Japanese Americans


Men (n=25,893)


Women (n=28,355)


Native Hawaiians


Men (n=5979)


Women (n=7650)




Men (n=21,933)


Women (n=25,303)


NOTE: The daily amounts reported in the study were converted to weekly amounts for this table.

aSD = Standard Deviation.

SOURCES: Derived from Sharma et al., 2003, 2004.

information collected from the MEC study on consumption of seafood by specific ethnic groups. The study reported food intakes in terms of ounces of lean meat equivalents, which for seafood can generally be thought of as ounces of cooked seafood consumed. The daily amounts reported in the study were converted to weekly amounts for Table 2-5. While these data are not representative of every ethnic group in the United States, and there is large variation in intakes among all groups; the means suggest there may be higher intakes among Native Hawaiians and Japanese Americans than among African Americans, Latinos, and Whites.

Asian American Populations

Among Asian American and Pacific Island members of the population in the contiguous United States, seafood consumption is an important aspect of cultural behavior. Self-harvesting and consuming seafood are seen as healthy activities that echo a culturally familiar lifestyle, but may also be

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