Dietary fatty acids and cholesterol in the first 2 years of life

C. Agostoni, E. Riva

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Both long-chain polyunsaturated (LCP) fatty acids and cholesterol are supplied by human milk. Dietary long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the first 2 years of life have been associated with growth and developmental indices. Cholesterol supply does not seem relevant for structural purposes, but could have a role in the metabolism of LCP. Complex relationships between dietary fatty acids and cholesterol seem to be major determinants of blood lipid levels in the first months of life. Data from both suckling and weaned infants indicate that their blood lipid profile reacts to changes in their diet in a manner similar to adults. Early intervention trials on weaned infants (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalProstaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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