Evaluation of meat as a first complementary food for breastfed infants: impact on iron intake.

Academic Article


  • The rationale for promoting the availability of local, affordable, non-fortified food sources of bioavailable iron in developing countries is considered in this review. Intake of iron from the regular consumption of meat from the age of 6 months is evaluated with respect to physiological requirements. Two major randomized controlled trials evaluating meat as a first and regular complementary food are described in this article. These trials are presently in progress in poor communities in Guatemala, Pakistan, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and China.
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  • Nutrition Reviews  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Animals, Breast Feeding, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Developing Countries, Guatemala, Humans, Infant, Infant Food, Iron, Dietary, Meat, Nutritional Requirements, Pakistan, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Weaning, Zambia
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    Author List

  • Hambidge KM; Sheng X; Mazariegos M; Jiang T; Garces A; Li D; Westcott J; Tshefu A; Sami N; Pasha O
  • Start Page

  • S57
  • End Page

  • S63
  • Volume

  • 69 Suppl 1