Nutritional Value of Dry Fish in Bangladesh and Its Potential Contribution to Addressing Malnutrition: A Narrative Review

Banna, Md Hasan Al, Al Zaber, Abdullah, Rahman, Nahidur, Siddique, Md Abrar Mozahid, Siddique, Muhammad Abu Bakr, Hagan, John Elvis, Rifat, M.A., Nsiah-Asamoah, Christiana Naa Atsreh, Seidu, Abdul-Aziz, Ahinkorah, Bright Opoku, and Khan, Md Shafiqul Islam (2022) Nutritional Value of Dry Fish in Bangladesh and Its Potential Contribution to Addressing Malnutrition: A Narrative Review. Fishes, 7. 240.

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Understanding the linkage between the nutrient composition of foods and individuals’ recommended nutrient intake is important to address malnutrition. Despite it being a traditional and popular food item in Bangladesh, the nutrient composition of dry fish has not been reviewed yet. This study used a narrative review to assess the nutrient composition of dry fish and estimated its potential contribution to addressing some common nutritional deficiencies among children and pregnant and lactating women in Bangladesh. Records were collected from different databases, including the Web of Science, Google Scholar, PubMed, ScienceDirect, Banglajol, and ResearchGate. Data were extracted from 48 articles containing 1128 entries regarding nutrient composition. Most of the nutrient analyses estimated the proximate composition, whereas vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and fatty acid compositions were scarce in the literature. We found that dry fish has high protein and mineral content and could contribute highly to meeting the recommended nutrient intake of protein, iron, zinc, and calcium for children and pregnant and lactating women. The summarized nutrient composition data could be useful for further research to observe how dry fish could be best utilized to address malnutrition in Bangladesh. This narrative review recommends that further nutrient analysis, with emphasis on vitamin, mineral, and fatty acid compositions.

Item ID: 77629
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2410-3888
Keywords: Bangladesh, children, dry fish, malnutrition, minerals, nutrients, protein, vitamins, women
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 07:15
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420602 Health equity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200410 Nutrition @ 100%
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