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Trop Geogr Med. 1991 Jan-Apr;43(1-2):165-70.

Lack of relationship between sorghum consumption, mycotoxin contamination and pellagra in a traditionally sorghum eating population.

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National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research, Hyderabad, India.

Abstract

Traditionally, the disease pellagra has been associated with corn consumption and niacin deficiency, and has presently been recognised as a multiple factor nutritional syndrome. In the recent past, it has been suggested that consumption of mycotoxin contaminated sorghum/corn may be involved in the development of pellagra in a sorghum/corn eating population. The present study relates to the assessment of levels of mycotoxins (aflatoxin B1 and T-2 toxin) in sorghum collected from a traditionally sorghum eating population. Despite 25% fungal contamination in the sorghum samples collected, the levels of mycotoxins were minimal (1.4%) and there was no incidence of pellagra in the survey area. The absence of pellagra in the survey areas may be attributed to the changing dietary pattern.

PMID:
1750108
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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