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Additional zinc delivered in a liquid supplement, but not a fortified porridge, increased fat-free mass accrual in young Peruvian children with mild-to-moderate stunting

Citation

Arsenault, J. E., Lopez de Romana, D., Penny, M. E., Van Loan, M. D., & Brown, K. H. (2007). Additional zinc delivered in a liquid supplement, but not a fortified porridge, increased fat-free mass accrual in young Peruvian children with mild-to-moderate stunting. In [21], pp. A171–A171. .

Abstract

The exact mechanism whereby zinc influences growth is unknown, although it has been postulated that zinc may stimulate appetite or enhance fat-free mass (FFM) accrual directly. We compared energy intake, using weighed food records, and body composition, using deuterium dilution, of 6–8 mo old Peruvian children with initial length-for-age Z-score (LAZ) 1.3 mg/d zinc in a liquid supplement;
2.3 mg/d of zinc in a fortified porridge; or
3.no extra zinc in either the supplement or porridge.
There were no group-wise differences in changes in energy intake at 2–3 mo or body composition at 6 mo. However, children with an initial LAZ