Comparative Proximate and Mineral Nutrients Compositions of Friso Gold Wheat®, Cerelac® and ‘Tom Bran’ As Complementary Foods

Comparative Proximate and Mineral Nutrients Compositions of Friso Gold Wheat®, Cerelac® and ‘Tom Bran’ As Complementary Foods

Author by Mr. Gogonte Amah

Journal/Publisher: Iosr Journal Of Biotechnology And Biochemistry (iosr-jbb)

Volume/Edition: 3

Language: English

Pages: 61 - 68

Abstract

Abstract: Children in developing countries within complementary feeding window are challenged with
nutrition related health problems predicated in part upon poor nutritional knowledge of caregivers. This study
therefore, compared the proximate and mineral nutrients, empirically determined, of a proposed complementary
food (‘Tom Bran’) with those in two proprietary kinds (Cerelac and Friso Gold Wheat) for nutrient adequacy
for the infant sub-population. The empirical data obtained (with the use of standard protocols) were statistical
compared at p? 0.05. The result obtained demonstrated that Tom Bran is statistically richer in macro-nutrients
(crude protein, crude fat and crude fibre) and energy than in either Cerelac or Friso Gold Wheat, save
proximate ash content that was highest in Cerelac. Ca, K and Mg were significantly lower in Tom Bran
compared to Friso Gold, which was similar to Cerelac. Compared with Tom Bran, Friso Gold wheat and
Cerelac had significantly higher levels of Na, P, Zn, Cu, Fe and Mn; but significantly lower levels of Co. All
three complementary foods studied are nutritionally adequate as complementary foods though, Tom Bran is
richer in macro-nutrients than Cerelac and Friso, which are rather richer in mineral nutrients. Although
optimum amount of nutrients in a particular food type does not always translate into healthy nutrition, good
knowledge of local food stuffs could be explored to formulate and compound nutritionally adequate and healthy
food that could provide the physiological supports required for optimum performance in growth and
development in infants.
Keywords: ‘Tom Bran’, Cerelac, Friso Gold Wheat, Mineral Nutrients, Proximate Composition,
Complementary Food


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