IRON ABSORPTION FROM INTRINSICALLY LABELED MICROENCAPSULATED FERROUS FUMARATE (SPRINKLES) IN ANEMIC & NON-ANEMIC INFANTS
M. Tondeur, S. Zlotkin, C. Schauer, S Newton, S Owusu-Agyei: Departments of Paediatrics, Nutritional Sciences, and Centre for International Health, University of Toronto; The Hospital for Sick Children, Research Institute, Canada; The Kintampo Health Research Centre Health Research Unit, Ministry of Health, Ghana.
Microencapsulated ferrous fumarate (Sprinkles) is a new supplement for
‘home-fortification’. The contents of a sachet can be added to any
complementary food without changing the colour or taste. We believe this
intervention may decrease the burden of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in
the developing world. However, the most appropriate dose of iron (Fe) to
include is not known since its bioavailability has not been studied. Aim:
To determine the absorption of 2 doses of Sprinkles when added to a
complementary food provided to anemic and non-anemic infants.
Methods: In a prospective triple-masked, randomized …