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Vitamins A and E content of commercial infant foods in the UK: A cause for concern?

Vitamins A and E content of commercial infant foods in the UK: A cause for concern?

Loughrill, Emma, Govinden, Pesila and Zand Fard, Nazanin (2016) Vitamins A and E content of commercial infant foods in the UK: A cause for concern? Food Chemistry, 210. pp. 56-62. ISSN 0308-8146 (doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.04.014)

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Abstract

According to the European Food Safety Authority, currently, there are no reliable data or robust guidelines available in relation to the micronutrient composition of infant foods. This study evaluated the intake of vitamins A and E of infants from ‘ready-to-feed’ foods and formulas. Normal phase high performance liquid chromatography was employed for simultaneous quantification of retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, α-tocopherol and γ-tocopherol, reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography for the quantification of β-carotene, and UV spectrophotometry for the quantification of carotenoids from selected infant food samples. Based on the results of this study, the estimated total daily intake of vitamin A (retinol equivalents) and vitamin E (α-tocopherol equivalents) from both infant food and formula milk exceed recommendations set by the UK Department of Health. This requires further analysis of risk of exposure, whilst a cause for concern over deficiency might arise when the intake of milk is compromised.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infants; Commercial complementary foods; Retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, β-carotene; α-Tocopherol, γ-tocopherol; Vitamin E, vitamin A and carotenoids; HPLC; Toxicity
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 15:53
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15307

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