Haem iron intake in young children

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.228c (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:228

Other health promotion activities would have higher priority in Africa

  1. Alexander R P Walke,
  2. Demetre Labadarios
  1. Head Human Biochemistry Research Unit, South African Institute for Medical Research, PO Box 1038, Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Head Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch, PO Box 19063, Tygerberg, South Africa

    EDITOR,—As a result of their study of haem iron intake and serum ferritin concentration in children aged 12-36 months in Australia, Michael Mira and colleagues urge that lean meat be introduced at 6-9 months and state the amount of meat that will give a daily intake of haem iron of 0.71 mg/day.1

    We have three questions. Firstly, what is the experience of vegetarians, who have better health than omnivorous eaters? Are their young children likely to …

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