Utilization of Fatty Acids by the Newborn Infant

  • Olle Hernell
  • Stefan Bernbäck
  • Lars Bläckberg


Fatty acid is the main energy substrate in human milk. Since 98% is present as triglyceride, the efficiency of fat utilization is directly dependent on how well the triglyceride is digested and absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. None the less, our understanding of the principal mechanisms of fat digestion and absorption, and how these are influenced by endogenous and exogenous factors, are still far from complete. There is evidence that this is particularly true for the breastfed infant. In this paper we will focus upon some effects of dietary proteins and phospholipid on digestion of dietary triglyceride.


Bile Salt Human Milk Pancreatic Lipase Breastfed Infant Lipid Digestion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olle Hernell
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stefan Bernbäck
    • 2
  • Lars Bläckberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of Physiological ChemistryUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden

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