Determination of Mn, Fe, Cu and Zn in Indigenous Complementary Infant Flour from Kenya by Total-Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence
Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages: 110-116
Received: May 28, 2014; Accepted: Jun. 17, 2014; Published: Jun. 30, 2014
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Kilavi Pamella Kageliza, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Maina David Muchori, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Gatari Michael Gichuru, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Wagner Annmarie, Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
Adeleye Michael, Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
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Four dietary trace elements were determined in indigenous complementary infant flours collected from mothers in rural areas of Kenya using total-reflection x-ray technique. A high variability of these trace element levels were observed in the samples. The variability was dependent on type of ingredients used, the proportions of these ingredients in the sample and the origin of the samples. Further studies on bioavailability of trace elements in such kinds of complementary infant foods could be carried out to ascertain its viability of eliminating micronutrients deficiencies among infants and young children in developing countries.
Indigenous Complementary Infant Flour, Dietary Trace Element, Total-Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence
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Kilavi Pamella Kageliza, Maina David Muchori, Gatari Michael Gichuru, Wagner Annmarie, Adeleye Michael, Determination of Mn, Fe, Cu and Zn in Indigenous Complementary Infant Flour from Kenya by Total-Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence, Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2014, pp. 110-116. doi: 10.11648/j.jfns.20140204.13
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