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Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana

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OLAYA VEGA, Gilma  and  BORRERO YOSHIDA, Marta Lucía. Guideline proposal of food complement for children ages 6- 12 months. Perspect Nut Hum [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.2, pp.139-151. ISSN 0124-4108.

Objetive: to develop a guideline proposal of food complement for children ages 6-12 months. Materials and methods: this research was carry out in three phases: 1 phase was cross sectional study to characterize the food complement for 191 children, the second and third phases were experimental process to define what complementary nutrition is (foods, recipes, and acceptability of food). Results: recommendation about complementary nutrition for children at different ages was developed. Children ages 6-8 months can eat pure of fruits or juice, vegetables and ground meat without salt and spices y added fat. Children ages 7-10 moths can include plantains, tubers, and cereals in their meals. Children ages 10-12 can introduce legumes with or without skin prepared like a pure without salt and spices added fat, while the kids are growing, they may increase their portion sizes and the consistency of food can be changed according their tolerance and acceptation. Conclusion: complementary nutrition begun early in 50% of the children studied. The food groups included in the proposal, food preparation, and portion size vary according the age, and acceptance. We strong recommend develop more studies to validate this proposal

Keywords : complementary feeding; infant nutrition; breastfeeding; infant.

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