Blended foods
Question on SP450 Fiona O'rielly 01.08.97
SP450 André Briend 11.08.97

Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 13:04:01 +0100 (BST)

From: (Fiona O'rielly)

Question on SP450



Fiona O'Reilly

Emergency Nutrition Network, Department of Community Health & General Practice

199 Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2


Mon, 11 Aug 1997 11:58:51 +0200 (METDST)

From: (Andre' BRIEND)

Subject: SP450


Dear Fiona,

SP450 is a commercial food produced by Nutriset. Its mineral composition is based on recommendations of ACF scientific committee published in EJCN, 1995; 49: 137-45. This Mineral Vitamin formula has also been taken up by different blended food producers.

As you mentioned, there have been reports that SP 450 use was associated with increased weight gains. It is difficult to interpret these claims because :

a) these reports were never done in a controlled way and remain more or less anecdotic. Please inform ngo-nut if you have solid data to confirm this impression.

b) SP450 differs from usually available CSB by other factors than just mineral vitamin supplementation, and especially by the cooking technique. I can just tell you now that here in Paris we examine in healthy adult volunteers digestion of blended food cooked with different techniques and this factor may be relevant.

In short, we don't know whether the difference in weight gain between sp450 and other blended foods is real, how important it is, and if it is important, what is the reason of this higher weight gain. Too early to make general statements. This is the bad news. The good news is that in whatever case, it should be possible to reproduce this effect on locally produced food, but it is too early to say how.



Dr. Andre' Briend

INSERM U 290, Hopital Saint Lazare

107 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, 75 475 Paris Cedex 10, France

tel 33-1-45 23 24 07, tel (direct) 33-1-48 00 56 04, fax 33-1-47 70 28 35