Micronutrients

There is currently very little data on the effect of micronutrients on feeding behavior and body weight under normal feeding conditions. There is evidence that rodents will learn to select a diet that alleviates a micronutrient deficiency. It may also be supposed that the administration of a micronutrient that will, for instance, improve a deficiency-related defect in nutrient metabolism will also improve appetite for that nutrient, and perhaps appetite in general. For instance, heat-stressed chickens will learn to consume more of a food rich in ascorbic acid, which apparently helps alleviate the stress.

See also: Appetite: Physiological and Neurobiological Aspects. Dietary Intake Measurement: Methodology; Validation. Dietary Surveys. Energy: Balance. Hunger. Meal Size and Frequency. Obesity: Definition, Etiology and Assessment.

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