Nutritional relevance of trans isomeric fatty acids in human milk

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Trans isomeric fatty acids amount to about 2% of the fatty acid composition of human milk in Europe, whereas lower values were seen in Africa, and higher values were reported for North-America. At least five human studies indicate that trans fatty acids may interfere with the metabolism of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Conclusion: Trans isomeric fatty acids in human milk should be regarded as a potential confounding variable in studies investigating the role of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the development of breastfed infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1369-1371
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2003


  • Breastfeeding
  • Human milk
  • Infant nutrition
  • Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Trans fatty acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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