Vitamin Bullets. Microencapsulated Feeds to Fortify Shellfish and Tackle Human Nutrient Deficiencies.
Frontiers in nutrition
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Willer, D., & Aldridge, D. (2020). Vitamin Bullets. Microencapsulated Feeds to Fortify Shellfish and Tackle Human Nutrient Deficiencies.. Frontiers in nutrition, 7 102. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2020.00102
Over two billion people worldwide are micronutrient deficient, with regionally specific deficiencies. Fortification of food with micronutrients has become an industry standard for enhancing public health. Bivalve shellfish (e.g. oysters, clams and mussels) provide the most sustainable source of animal protein on the planet, and the market is rapidly growing – with production in China increasing 1000-fold since 1980 to an annual 36 kg capita -1 consumption level. Bivalves are also unique in that micronutrients consumed at their end-life stage will be digested by humans, as humans consume the entire organism including the gut. We have developed a novel microencapsulated vehicle for delivering micronutrients to bivalves, tailored for optimal size, shape, buoyancy and palatability, demonstrating the potential of fortified bivalves to tackle human nutrient deficiencies. Oysters fed vitamin A and D microcapsules at a 3% initial dosage for just 8 hours had elevated tissue vitamin content. A serving of just two such bivalves provides enough vitamin A and D to meet human dietary RDAs. Scale-up of this technology and application to other bivalve species including clams and mussels could provide a low-cost and highly sustainable mechanism to contribute towards tackling nutrient deficiencies globally.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2020.00102
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