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. © 2011 International Life Sciences Institute.
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  • Nutrition Reviews  Journal
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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
  • Volume

  • 69
  • Issue

  • SUPPL. 1