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Sweetpotato-based complementary food would be less inhibitory on mineral absorption than a maize-based infant food assessed by compositional analysis.
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PMID:  22594854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The availability of micronutrients from sweetpotato-based complementary foods (CFs): oven-toasted and roller-dried ComFa, and from a maize-based infant food, enriched Weanimix, was compared using phytate/mineral molar ratios, polyphenols and β-carotene levels. The phytate/calcium, iron and zinc molar ratios of approximately 0.17, 1 and 15 predict better absorption of calcium, iron and zinc respectively. Generally, the sweetpotato-based CFs had at least half the phytate/mineral ratios of enriched Weanimix. The phytate/iron ratio in both the sweetpotato- and the maize-based CFs was greater than 1. Only the ComFa formulations had phytate/zinc ratio lower than 15. The level of polyphenol (iron inhibitor) was similar for the formulations. Only the sweetpotato-based CFs contained measurable levels of β-carotene, a possible iron enhancer. The lower phytate/mineral ratios and the β-carotene level of the sweetpotato-based CFs suggest that calcium, iron and zinc absorption could be better from them than from the maize-based infant food.
Francis Kweku Amagloh; Louise Brough; Janet L Weber; Anthony N Mutukumira; Allan Hardacre; Jane Coad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of food sciences and nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1465-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9432922     Medline TA:  Int J Food Sci Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
University for Development Studies, Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry , Navrongo , Ghana.
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