Posted by: Leon | 2004/10/17

Diet required for babys/children suffering from kwashiokor

We run an Orphanage. We have children with the above condition. What diet/menu would you recommend for these children i.e. diets rich in vitamin A/C

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Dear Leon
I would strongly urge you to contact the Department of Health, Directorate: Nutrition or one of your Provincial Health Departments as they should be able to give you diet guidelines for these children who need additional energy, protein and all the vitamins and minerals. Good inexpensive sources of energy are the fortified maize meal, for protein use low-fat milk powder, vit A use pumpkin, butternut, yellow sweet potatoes, yellow peaches, pawpaw, etc (when in season), for vit C use cabbage, oranges, guavas, pawpaw, mangoes, basically any fruit or vegetable you can obtain that is in season and inexpensive. The reason why I would recommend the Dept of Health is that they may also be able to direct you to certain feeding schemes and supplements such as PVM that can be used successfully for the treatment of this disease.
Best regards

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Posted by: Kevin | 2004/10/18

If you can get raw (unpasteurised) milk, it's 100% better than any powdered product. The drying process denatures the protein, and largely destroys all the necessary enzymes in the milk.

It's a well-known fact, but not one that is widely published, that the vitamins and calcium in cows milk are not absorbed by humans if the milk has been processed in any way (pasteurised, homogenised, etc). Doesn't work for animals either. For instance, if you feed cats on raw meat and unpasteurised milk, they produce generation after generation of healthy offspring. If you cook the meat, or pasteurise the milk, you get diseased kittens.

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