D. G. N. G. Wijesinghe

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The present study was conducted in the Weeraketiya divisional secretariat division of the Hambanthota district of Sri Lanka to determine the nutritional status of preschool children and to identify maternal knowledge regarding micronutrients and child feeding practices. The study sample consisted of 1102 families having 1219 children below 5 years of age. A(More)
Soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) is considered an important crop in the world owing to its unique nutritional composition. On an average dry matter basis, soybean contains about 20% fat. Soy fat contains a high proportion of vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids. In this study, vitamin E and linoleic and(More)
Pittu and roti are two traditional food items consumed by Sri Lankan people mostly for breakfast or dinner. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) and kurakkan (Eleucine coracana L.) are two types of cereal that can be used to prepare them. The determination of blood glucose elevating effect (glycaemic response) of pittu and roti prepared from rice flour and kurakkan flour(More)
Four different pigmented dark-red (red) and non-pigmented white basmati rice varieties were tested for their nutrient composition, glycemic index (GI), total phenolic content (TPC), total anthocyanin content (TAC) and antioxidant activity (AOA) at 10% and 100% polished levels. The red basmati had higher content of ash, protein, fat, TPC, TAC and AOA than(More)
Maternal nutritional problems remain as one of the public health problems in Sri Lanka. This study was designed to assess the nutritional status of pregnant women in a rural area. A total of 133 pregnant women in their second trimester was recruited from Maternal and Child Health clinics. A pre-tested general assessment questionnaire, validated food(More)
A study was conducted to assess the nutritional status and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases among elderly people in elderly homes in Kandy. A population of 105 elderly people (>65 years), representing 7 elderly homes in Kandy was examined using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) tool and an additional questionnaire. Skinfold thickness was(More)
During pregnancy maternal, body needs enough energy and nutrients to meet the requirement for growth of the fetus and increased body demands of the mother. Malnutrition during pregnancy causes intra-uterine growth retardation and low birth weight deliveries. The present study was conducted to investigate the effect of maternal energy and protein intake on(More)
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