Protein quality of diet supplied to kindergarden students at a school in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

The protein quality of a diet supplied to kindergarten students at one school in Manaus — Amazonas, was evaluated experimentally using Wistar rats. The indexes used to evaluate it were: Chemical Computing, Protein Efficiency Ratio, Net Protein Ratio, Coefficient of Apparent Digestiblity and Protein Digestibility Corrected by Aminoacid Scores. From the chemical and biological point of view, the protein of the tested diet showed lower quality than standard (casein base). Is shows that it is necessary to change or to improve the diet provided to kindergarder to guarantee the essencial aminoacid requirements for their development.

kindergarten diets; biological value; protein

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