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Ann Trop Paediatr. 2002 Jun;22(2):133-6.

Community-based dietary phytate reduction and its effect on iron status in Malawian children.

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Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis Children's Hospital, One Children's Place, St Louis, MO 63110, USA. manary@kids.wustl.edu

Abstract

This study describes a community-based method used in rural Malawi to remove dietary phytate, an inhibitor of iron absorption, and notes an improvement in the iron status of ten children who participated in the trial. Phytate was removed by soaking maize flour in excess water with phytase and decanting the water before cooking the flour. Iron status, as measured by soluble transferrin receptor and zinc protoporphyrin, was improved but not normal.

PMID:
12070948
DOI:
10.1179/027249302125000850
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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