Stable isotope labels as a tool to determine the iron absorption by Peruvian school children from a breakfast meal
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Fractional iron absorption from a breakfast meal was determined in Peruvian children employing stable iron isotopes as labels. Iron isotopic analysis was performed by the recently developed negative thermal ionization technique for high-precision iron isotope ratio measurements using FeF4– ions. By increasing the ascorbic acid content of the standard breakfast meal as served within the Peruvian school-breakfast program from 27 mg to 70 mg, it was possible to increase the geometric mean fractional iron absorption significantly from 5.1% (range 1.6–13.5%) to 8.2% (range 3.1–25.8%). Fractional iron absorption was calculated according to isotope dilution principles and by considering the non-monoisotopic character of the used spikes.
KeywordsStable Isotope Isotope Label Ascorbic Acid Content Thermal Ionization Ionization Technique
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