Breast milk provides adequate zinc for term infants until birth weight has approximately doubled. Requirements for zinc are particularly high in infancy because of the demands of growth, and zinc-containing complementary foods or a fortified infant formula is needed to meet requirements after the age of approximately 6 months. Zinc deficiency in childhood is common in developing countries, leading to slow weight gain in infancy and impaired linear growth in children. In unfavorable environments, zinc supplementation of infants and young children is associated with improvements in growth and a reduction of up to 25% in the incidence of diarrhea and 40% reduction in the incidence of pneumonia. Recommendations for zinc intakes vary considerably throughout the world. Zinc absorption is dependent on the composition of the diet and, as with iron, FAO/WHO reference intakes give three values for each age group for low, medium, and high bioavailability.

Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

A time for giving and receiving, getting closer with the ones we love and marking the end of another year and all the eating also. We eat because the food is yummy and plentiful but we don't usually count calories at this time of year. This book will help you do just this.

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