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Revista chilena de nutrición

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Abstract

ATALAH S, Eduardo et al. DEVELOPMENT, INTAKE AND ACCEPTABILITY OF A DHA-ENRICHED MILK DRINK FOR PREGNANT AND LACTATING WOMEN. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2008, vol.35, n.4, pp.433-442. ISSN 0717-7518.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75182008000500006.

DHA is a critical nutrient for pregnant and lactating women, with important functions in brain development and sight acuity ofthe newborn. In Chile, DHA intake represents less than 30% ofthe international recommendation for pregnancy. The objective ofthis study was to design and evalúate a milk drinkfor pregnant and lactating women, containing 60 mg ofDHA and 11 mg ofEPA per 200 mi portion, plus other added vitamins and minerals. A cohort of 177 pregnant women receivedl kglmonth ofthe milk drink and compared to a group ofl75 women receiving the regular milk distributed by the National Complementary Feeding Program (PNAC), consisting of whole milk powder (26% fot) fortifled with Fe, Zn, and Vitamin C. Evaluation included acceptability tests, tole-ranee, and intake ofboth milks, and measurements were performed at two moments during pregnancy, and after two months of lactation. Both milks had good evaluations in their organoleptic characteristi.es. Average intake for both groups was 1.8 ± 1 cup per day, lower than the three cups per day that were originally deflnedfor the study. During pregnancy, sensory evaluation was better, and intake was higher, than with the regular whole milk, although these differences were not signifleant from a biological standpoint. During lactation, there were no differences among any ofthe evaluated parameters. The developed milk drink constilutes a good alternative for improving DHA intake during pregnancy and lactation.

Keywords : Pregnancy; lactation; DHA; feeding program.

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