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Research Project: Mineral and Vitamin Interventions for At-risk Populations

Location: Obesity and Metabolism Research

Title: The importance of milk and other animal-source foods for children in low-income countries

item Dror, Daphna
item Allen, Lindsay

Submitted to: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/12/2011
Publication Date: 9/1/2011
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Citation: Dror, D.K., Allen, L.H. 2011. The importance of milk and other animal-source foods for children in low-income countries. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 32(3):227-43.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Milk and other animal-source foods are concentrated dietary sources of macro- and micronutrients. Despite a global increase in milk production and consumption over the past decades, milk and other animal-source foods are often lacking in the diets of children in developing countries. To evaluate the importance of milk and other animal source food intake in promoting the growth, development and health of children in low-income countries, original research articles were identified describing observational and intervention studies with unfortified milk, fortified milk, and other animal-source foods in children. Consumption of milk and other animal-source foods by undernourished children improves anthropometric indices and cognitive function and reduces the prevalence of biochemical and functional nutritional deficiencies, reducing morbidity and mortality. Unfortified and fortified milk used in supplementation trials has been well tolerated and widely accepted by parents and children. We conclude that to improve the dietary quality of children in low-income countries and further the effort to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, additional research is necessary to identify and implement programs and policy supporting increased intake of milk and other animal-source foods.