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Research Project: Pediatric Clinical Nutrition

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Do vulnerable populations consume adequate amounts of dietary protein?

item MANARY, MARK - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item CALLAGHAN, MEGHAN - Washington University

Submitted to: Journal of Nutrition
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/8/2017
Publication Date: 4/12/2017
Citation: Manary, M.J., Callaghan, M. 2017. Do vulnerable populations consume adequate amounts of dietary protein?. Journal of Nutrition. 147(5):725-726.

Interpretive Summary: Sufficient protein intake is important to maintain good health and promote normal growth and development. However, measuring food and nutrient intake accurately has been a longstanding challenge that makes it difficult to understand how protein affects health. Utilizing new technology to improve diet assessment methods will help the nutrition community better understand how to treat undernourished children around the world.

Technical Abstract: In the previous year there has been a renewed interest in the adequacy of protein intake to maintain optimal health and to promote normal growth and development (1, 2). In this issue of the Journal there is an excellent report on protein consumption among children aged 6–36 mo from low-income countries (3). Arsenault and Brown looked at data collected in 7 carefully conducted dietary intake surveys from 1997 to 2009 that used either a weighed food record or a 24-h dietary recall to determine protein and amino acid intakes. Children were divided into age groups, and >1500 dietary surveys were analyzed in total.