Zinc absorption in adult men from a chicken sandwich made with white or wholemeal bread, measured by a double-label stable-isotope technique

S J Fairweather-Tait, T E Fox, S G Wharf, J Eagles, H Kennedy

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Eleven fasted adult men consumed a chicken meat sandwich made with white or wholemeal bread, extrinsically labelled with 2 mg 67Zn, on two different occasions. Immediately after eating the sandwich they were given an intravenous injection of 1.5 mg 70Zn. True Zn absorption (which was approximately 7% higher than apparent absorption) was determined by the faecal balance technique by making an allowance for endogenous excretion from measurements of faecal excretion of 70Zn. There was no significant difference in mean true Zn absorption from the white or wholemeal bread sandwich, 33.6 and 25.4% respectively. It was concluded that the substitution of wholemeal for white bread does not reduce Zn absorption from meat-based sandwiches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-419
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1992


  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Bread
  • Chickens
  • Feces
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Male
  • Meat
  • Middle Aged
  • Phytic Acid
  • Zinc
  • Zinc Isotopes

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