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Document ID (ISN)108216
CIS number 08-722
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chiarello P., Scatena Sobrinho P., Campanelli Maršal Vieira M.N., Diez Garcia R.W.
Title Protein-energy supplements to preserve nutritional status of sugar cane cutters
Bibliographic information Dec. 2006, Vol.56, No.8, p.575-577. 9 ref.
Abstract Sugar cane cutters in south-eastern Brazil are temporarily hired for the harvest period of eight months. They often have minimal benefits and may not receive adequate nutrition. The aim of this study was to evaluate alterations in weight and body composition of sugar cane cutters during harvest with the use of protein-energy and electrolyte supplements. Three products were used daily: a milk drink, a seasoned manioc meal mixture and an electrolyte replacement fluid, adding approx. 400kcal and 28.5g of protein/day. There were small reductions in body mass index and percentage body fat with maintenance of lean mass. There was a significant improvement in hydration status, serum albumin and cholesterol. There were no medical absences related to dehydration. These supplements may have a useful role to play in reducing lean mass losses and maintaining nutritional and hydration status of these workers.
Descriptors (primary) industrial crop farming; Brazil; nutrition; dehydration; sugar cane
Descriptors (secondary) milk; food deprivation; body weight; carbohydrates; electrolyte requirements
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Nutrition
Heat and cold