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Title: Starch malabsorption in infants

item SHULMAN, ROBERT - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)

Submitted to: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/24/2017
Publication Date: 6/1/2018
Citation: Shulman, R.J. 2018. Starch malabsorption in infants. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 66:s65-s67.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Based on the developmental physiology of pancreatic amylase production, starch digestion in young infants was anticipated to be compromised whenever compared with that in older infants and toddlers. This appears to be the case, but with great variability among infants to digest starch. Evidence points to the importance of maltase-glucoamylase in young infants and its effect on starch digestion. These observations have critical importance for recommendations regarding the feeding of starch-containing foods to young infants.