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Education, Income, Exercise and Probiotics Consumption: A Latin American Case, Costa Rica, 2013

Juan Aguirre*
Universidad Latina Campus Heredia, Costa Rica
Corresponding Author : Juan Aguirre
Universidad Latina Campus Heredia, Costa Rica
E-mail: [email protected]
Received January 29, 2014; Accepted May 28, 2014; Published May 30, 2014
Citation: Education, Income, Exercise and Probiotics Consumption: A Latin American Case, Costa Rica, 2013. J Prob Health 2:116. doi:10.4172/2329-8901.1000116
Copyright: © 2014 Aguirre J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Obesity and physical inactivity are becoming common issues related to health and wellness as a result of sedentary lifestyle as a result of urbanization. The Costa Rican consumers indicate that probiotics are becoming a form of preventive fitness. The purpose of this study, is to provide information about the main factors that determine the consumption of probiotics and whether there is a relationship between the consumption of probiotics and physical exercise

The per item subject to variable relation in the survey and since the survey had 16 questions this meant 80 survey, plus additional 36 were added to cover any incomplete surveys The Cronbach's alpha estimate only the items of perception which was estimated at 0.7163. The consumer of probiotics in Costa Rica, is about 31 years old, lives in the luxury suburbs, have a small family, are is mostly male and with an income level of about $ 1,500 a month, get information via television and the Internet, 6% said they have never used probiotics, and 4% say they have full knowledge of what they are and do, exercising in gyms as an important way to keep fit, exercise three times a week, purchase probiotics mainly in the supermarket, and prefer local to imported brands . The variables that explain the variation in the time that probiotics are consumed per week are: sex, education level, monthly income, activities to stay in shape, frequency of activities and the number of family members.


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