Carbohydrate and electrolyte content of some home-available fluids used for oral rehydration in Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Yartey, J
dc.contributor.author Harisson, E.K.
dc.contributor.author Brakohiapa, L.A.
dc.contributor.author Nkrumah, F.K.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-21T14:49:48Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16T12:58:37Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-21T14:49:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-16T12:58:37Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.citation Yartey, J., Harisson, E. K., Brakohiapa, L. A., & Nkrumah, F. K. (1993). Carbohydrate and electrolyte content of some home-available fluids used for oral rehydration in Ghana. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 39(4), 234-237. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/3867
dc.description.abstract Coconut milk and kenkey water (a maize gruel) which are traditionally used for the treatment of diarrhoea in Ghana, were analysed to ascertain their suitability for use in rehydration. The pH, carbohydrate, and electrolyte levels of the food fluids were compared to the recommended UNICEF/WHO ORS to ascertain if these are within physiologically acceptable ranges for the treatment and prevention of dehydration in children with diarrhoea. The carbohydrate and electrolyte levels of kenkey water were found to be comparable to UNICEF/WHO ORS and is suitable for use in rehydration. Coconut milk has the advantages of being fresh, sterile and readily available in most Ghanaian communities. However, use of coconut milk for rehydration cannot be recommended on the basis of its glucose and electrolyte composition. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Tropical Pediatrics en_US
dc.title Carbohydrate and electrolyte content of some home-available fluids used for oral rehydration in Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    The overall goal of the department is to conduct research and provide solutions to nutritional problems in Ghana. In pursuance of this goal, the Nutrition Department since its inception has focused its research in the areas of maternal, infant and young child nutrition, food consumption and food security and micronutrient deficiency and interventions. These are priority food and nutrition problems in Ghana.

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