Akinsola Et Al


Akinsola et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (9), pp. 226-242, November 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770  

Review Article

Manuscript Number: 092217137

(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.9.092217137)


Traditional Complementary Foods: A
Critical Review


Akinsola A. O.1,
Onabanjo O. O.2, Idowu M. A.3, and Ade-Omowaye B. I. O.4


of Home Economics, Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo. Nigeria

of Home Management Science, P.M.B 2240, Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

of Food Science and Technology, P.M.B 2240, Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

of Food Science and Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology,
Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria


complementary foods are popular minimally processed baby food used to introduce
old infants and young children to adult foods. Cereal grains are it main
ingredient, when cooked, because of its starch content, get gelatinized and
swollen thereby making the diet viscous and bulky, so that it gives the stomach
of old infants and young children enormous work to do. Traditional
complementary foods consumed by old infants in many parts of the third world
are deficient in essential macronutrients and micronutrients leading to
malnutrition, which is one of the serious problems in developing countries.
Protein energy malnutrition (PEM) generally occurs during this growing stage
when children are weaned from breastmilk to semi-solid and later to family
foods. The purpose of this study is to review literature findings on
complementary foods. It’s also aims to draw the attention of stakeholders and
decision makers on the need to assess the nutrients quality and health risks
associated with the consumption of low quality complementary foods and,
consequently, the necessary measures and steps to reduce intake of low quality
complementary foods by old infants and young children.   


Keywords: Breastmilk, health risks, malnutrition, PEM,
traditional complementary foods.

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