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Abstract The aim of the present paper was to describe food and nutrient intake among 12-month-old Norwegian-Somali and Norwegian-Iraqi infants, with a focus on iron and vitamin D intake. A cross-sectional survey was conducted from August 2013 through September 2014. Eighty-nine mothers-infants of Somali origin and 77 mothers-infants of Iraqi origin residing in Eastern Norway participated in the study. Data were collected using two 24-h multiple-pass recalls. Forty percent of the Norwegian-Somali infants and 47% of the Norwegian-Iraqi infants were breastfed at 12 months of age p = 0.414. Median energy percentages E% from protein, fat and carbohydrates were within the recommended intake ranges, except the level of saturated fats 12–13 E%. Median intakes of almost all micronutrients were above the recommended daily intakes. Most of the infants consumed iron-enriched products 81% and received vitamin D supplements 84%. The median intakes of iron and vitamin D were significantly higher among infants receiving iron-enriched products and vitamin D supplements compared to infants not receiving such products p < 0.001. The findings indicate that the food and nutrient intake of this group of infants in general seems to be in accordance with Norwegian dietary recommendations. Foods rich in iron and vitamin D supplements were important sources of the infants’ intake of iron and vitamin D and should continue to be promoted. View Full-Text

Keywords: food; nutrient intake; infants; immigrants; Norway food; nutrient intake; infants; immigrants; Norway

Author: Navnit Kaur Grewal 1,* , Lene Frost Andersen 2, Cathrine Solheim Kolve 1, Ingrid Kverndalen 1 and Liv Elin Torheim 1



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