Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
Food based strategies to combat micronutrient malnutrition
Author(s): Preeti Khanna
Abstract: Interest in micronutrient malnutrition has increased greatly over the last few years. In addition to the more obvious clinical manifestations, micronutrient malnutrition is responsible for a wide range of non-specific physiological impairments, leading to reduced resistance to infections, metabolic disorders, and delayed or impaired physical and psychomotor development. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers that more than 2 billion people worldwide suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, primarily iodine, iron, vitamin A and zinc, with important health consequences (WHO, 2006). The present paper addresses the issue of combating malnutrition through food based approaches.