Home Fortification of Foods with Multiple Micronutrient Powders for Health and Nutrition in Children under Two Years of Age

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: September 2011

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that when people fortify foods with multiple micronutrient powders at home, it can reduce anemia and iron deficiency in children ages 6 to 23 months. The review included studies in low-income countries where anemia is a public health problem, and the micronutrient powders contained iron, vitamin A, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals. Researchers did not find any effects on growth.

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De-Regil, L.M., Suchdev, P.S., Vist, G.E., Walleser, S. & Peña-Rosas, J.P. Home fortification of foods with multiple micronutrient powders for health and nutrition in children under two years of age. (2011). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2011 (9). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008959.pub2.