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Potential Use of Mobile Phone Applications for Self-Monitoring and Increasing Daily Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Systematized Review

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Functional Nutrition, Oxidation, and Cardiovascular Diseases Group (NFOC-Salut), Facultat de Medicina i Ciències de la Salut, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43201 Reus, Spain
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Unitat de Nutrició i Salut, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Eurecat, 43204 Reus, Spain
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Facultat de Matemàtiques i Informàtica, Universitat de Barcelona, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Centre de Visió per Computador, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
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Nutrigenomics Research Group, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
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Hospital Universitari Sant Joan de Reus, 43204 Reus, Spain
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F.M. and E.L. contributed equally to this work.
Nutrients 2019, 11(3), 686; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11030686
Received: 25 February 2019 / Revised: 15 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
A wide range of chronic diseases could be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices, such as consuming five portions of fruits and vegetables daily, although the majority of the adult population does not meet this recommendation. The use of mobile phone applications for health purposes has greatly increased; these applications guide users in real time through various phases of behavioural change. This review aimed to assess the potential of self-monitoring mobile phone health (mHealth) applications to increase fruit and vegetable intake. PubMed and Web of Science were used to conduct this systematized review, and the inclusion criteria were: randomized controlled trials evaluating mobile phone applications focused on increasing fruit and/or vegetable intake as a primary or secondary outcome performed from 2008 to 2018. Eight studies were included in the final assessment. The interventions described in six of these studies were effective in increasing fruit and/or vegetable intake. Targeting stratified populations and using long-lasting interventions were identified as key aspects that could influence the effectiveness of these interventions. In conclusion, evidence shows the effectiveness of mHealth application interventions to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Further research is needed to design effective interventions and to determine their efficacy over the long term. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile app; mHealth; fruits; vegetables; self-monitoring; healthy diet mobile app; mHealth; fruits; vegetables; self-monitoring; healthy diet
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Mandracchia, F.; Llauradó, E.; Tarro, L.; del Bas, J.M.; Valls, R.M.; Pedret, A.; Radeva, P.; Arola, L.; Solà, R.; Boqué, N. Potential Use of Mobile Phone Applications for Self-Monitoring and Increasing Daily Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Systematized Review. Nutrients 2019, 11, 686. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11030686

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Mandracchia F, Llauradó E, Tarro L, del Bas JM, Valls RM, Pedret A, Radeva P, Arola L, Solà R, Boqué N. Potential Use of Mobile Phone Applications for Self-Monitoring and Increasing Daily Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Systematized Review. Nutrients. 2019; 11(3):686. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11030686

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Mandracchia, Floriana; Llauradó, Elisabet; Tarro, Lucia; del Bas, Josep M.; Valls, Rosa M.; Pedret, Anna; Radeva, Petia; Arola, Lluís; Solà, Rosa; Boqué, Noemi. 2019. "Potential Use of Mobile Phone Applications for Self-Monitoring and Increasing Daily Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Systematized Review" Nutrients 11, no. 3: 686. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11030686

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