What is it about?

Anaemia, a type of micronutrient deficiency, is known to affect the physical and cognitive abilities of adolescents. The study assessed knowledge and practices of dietary iron intake and anaemia. Results show that majority of adolescents had little knowledge of iron, causes of anaemia and sources of iron‐rich foods.

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Why is it important?

Majority of the adolescents had low knowledge of iron. Chicken and dried fish intake reduced the risk of anaemia development. Our findings provide insights into this topic, calling for to improve knowledge and practices on anaemia in Ghanaian adolescents.


I had a great interest in writing this article as it co-authors with whom I have had long-standing collaborations. This article makes known the knowledge and practices of dietary iron and anaemia among adolescents in rural areas in Ghana.

Michael Akenteng Wiafe
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

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This page is a summary of: Knowledge and practices of dietary iron and anemia among early adolescents in a rural district in Ghana, Food Science & Nutrition, April 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/fsn3.2249.
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