Sustaining DHA Accretion during Recovery from Acute Malnutrition with Improvements in Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods
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- Two recent studes have explored the possibility of adjusting the fatty acid composition of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) that are used to rehabilitate malnourished children, with the aim of better supporting omega-3 LCPUFA status.
- DHA levels drop during the recovery of malnourished children treated with a standard RUTF – this is likely to be caused by suppression by excess omega-6 linoleic acid of increased accretion of DHA for the growth of the central nervous system.
- Two ways to sustain DHA accretion are shown: direct supplementation with fish oil alongside a standard RUTF, and adjustment of RUTF composition with the inclusion of a low-linoleic acid/high-oleic acid peanut oil, together with a vegetable oil high in linolenic acid.