Optimizing Micronutrient Intake of Lactating Women through Increased Wild Edible Plant Consumption in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Journal Articles
Sectors:
Nutrition
Organization:
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
Author:
Kerry Pearson
Regions:
Africa
Publication Dates:
June, 2013
Content Formats:
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This research is intended to complement South Africa's plan to promote wild edible plants as a way to improve micronutrient consumption, specifically to identify which types of plants should be eaten or in what quantity. The author identifies gaps between current micronutrient intake in a sample of lactating women and compares them against nutrient profiles of wild edible plants available in KwaZulu-Natal. A combination of 250g leafy vegetables and 349g fruit, replacing 54g of maize meal, was determined to be the best model. This mixture met the micronutrient needs of 50% of lactating women and added only 192 calories to the diet. Additional information is needed on food availability and precise nutrient values. 

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