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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2006 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 429-431
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2006.429.431
 
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Zinc Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in Riyadh City
Ali A. Alshatwi

Abstract:
Zinc (Zn) status of 178 children was evaluated using biochemical and dietary measure. Dietary zinc intake ranged between 2.15 and 10.7 mg/day at age 2-3 years, and 1.21 and 15.6 mg/day at age 4-6 y with an overall sample mean of 5.6 and 5.8 mg/day, respectively. Dietary zinc intake assessment showed that 22 % of the studied sample consumed less than the dietary reference intake at age 2-3 y, and 40 % at age 4-6 y. Plasma zinc ranged between 6.7 and 18.7 μmol/L with an overall sample mean of 12.1 μmol/L. Moreover, nearly eighteen (18.3) percent of all of children had serum zinc concentrations below 10.0 μM/L (65 μg/dL) and only 3.3 % had serum zinc concentrations below 7.7 μM/L. The dietary records and the concentrations of Zn in plasma used in this study suggesting there is risk of Zn deficiency in pre-school children. To improve zinc status in pre-school children, zinc fortified food may be an effective approch. Zinc supplementation is recommended, mainly for individuals who are at risk of zinc depletion.
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Ali A. Alshatwi , 2006. Zinc Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in Riyadh City. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 5: 429-431.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2006.429.431

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2006.429.431

 
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