Thai Scientists Use Nuclear Technology to Fight the Double Burden of Malnutrition

In Thailand, many of the local source foods do not meet the nutritional needs of children, which can lead to deficiencies in micronutrients such as iron – a major cause of anemia. Thai Scientists, in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency, have found a way to analyze micronutrient intake, absorption, and usage in children, using isotopic techniques. The results are being used to inform nutrition guidelines and programs, such as the implementation of food fortification with essential vitamins and minerals, to prevent micronutrient deficiencies and consequential diseases like anemia.

International Atomic Energy Agency, January 2017.