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Adding α-amylase to Weaning Food to Increase Dietary Intake in Children. A Randomized Controlled Trial

Leo den Besten, Ingrid I. Glatthaar and Carel B. Ijsselmuiden

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 44, issue 1, pages 4-9
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/44.1.4
Adding α-amylase to Weaning Food to Increase Dietary Intake in Children. A Randomized Controlled Trial

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The addition of α-amylase to a food supplement for weaning-age children was proposed as an alternative to traditionally prepared Amylase-Rich Foods (ARF) for reducing the dietary bulk of weaning diets. In a self-controlled clinical trial including 30 healthy children, aged 10–24 months, the effect of the addition of α-amylase and extra cereal to a diet including three meals, was determined in terms of dietary intake. A mean increased intake of 23.8 per cent in energy and 10.4 per cent in protein was found. The addition of commercial α-amylase to maize-based weaning foods is a useful method of increasing the nutritional value of weaning diets.

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