Erythrocyte fatty acid composition of Nepal breast-fed infants

Authors: Sigrun Henjum; Oyvind Lie; Manjeswori Ulak; Andrew Thorne-Lyman; Ram Chandyo; Prakash Shrestha; Wafaie Fawzi; Tor Strand; Marian Kjellevold Publisher: European Journal of Nutrition

Essential fatty acids play a critical role in the growth and development of infants, but little is known about the fatty acid status of populations in low-income countries. The objective was to describe the fatty acid composition of red blood cells (RBC) in breastfeed Nepali infants and a subsample of their mothers and to identify the main sources of fatty acids in the mother’s diet, as well as the fatty acid composition of breast milk.