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

Mark J. Manary, Nancy F. Krebs, Rosalind S. Gibson, Robin L. Broadhead, K. Michael Hambidge

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Tropical Paediatrics
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2002

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