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|Title:||Operational feasibility of introducing Red Palm Oil into the supplementary feeding programme in urban ICDS centres|
|Keywords:||Red Palm Oil;Elaeis guineensis Jacq.;-Carotene;Vitamin A;Anganwadi Centres;Xerophthalmia;Night blindness;Bitot spots;Corneal xerosis;Conjunctival xerosis|
|IPC Code:||Int. cl.8- A61K 36/00, A61P 3/02, A23D 7/00, A23D 9/00.|
|Abstract:||Vitamin A deficiency causes many health problems especially among children. A study was undertaken to screen the effect of supplementation of Red palm oil (RPO) obtained from the fruits of tree Elaeis guineensis Jacq. The oil is rich in -carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. Supplementation of crude RPO to Anganwadi children increased the attendance of children and the intake of supplement. The anthropometric measurements revealed increase in heights and weight of children. In most of the centres, normal nutrition and grade-I increased with a simultaneous decrease in grade-II and III malnutrition, irrespective of sex. In general, girls were having better nutritional status than boys.|
|ISSN:||0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||NPR Vol.7(4) [July-August 2008]|
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