Milk has been suggested to increase zinc absorption. The effect of processing and the ability of milk to enhance zinc absorption from other foods has not been measured directly in humans. The authors aimed to assess zinc absorption from:
milk undergoing various processing and preparatory steps
intrinsically labeled high-phytate rice consumed with milk or water.
Two randomised crossover studies were conducted in healthy young women.
This work is an output of the HarvestPlus Programme. The Department for International Development is one of the main donors for HarvestPlus.
Talsma, EF; Moretti, D; Ly, SC; Dekkers, R; van den Heuvel, EGHM; Fitri, A; Boelsma, E; Stomph, TJ; Zeder, C; Melse-Boonstra, A. 2017. Zinc absorption from milk is affected by dilution but not by thermal processing, and milk enhances absorption of zinc from high-phytate rice in young dutch women. The Journal of Nutrition. 147(6):1086-1093.
Zinc Absorption from Milk Is Affected by Dilution but Not by Thermal Processing, and Milk Enhances Absorption of Zinc from High-Phytate Rice in Young Dutch Women