Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in Defence Feeding,
ARMED FORCES FOOD SCIENCE ESTABLISHMENT SCOTTSDALE (AUSTRALIA)
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Ascorbic acid is essential for the prevention of scurvy. Although scurvy does not appear for many months after ascorbic acid deprivation, subclinical effects including lassitude and mental dysfunction can occur earlier. Also of special significance to the Army is the importance of adequate daily intake to ensure that resistance to infection and wound healing are optimal. Therefore ascorbic acid retention is monitored in operational ration packs and selected items are fortified to ensure an adequate intake of ascorbic acid by ration users. Analysis in our laboratory is currently by titration with dichloroindophenolAOAC,1980. This method suffers from being time consuming and inaccurate at low ascorbic acid levels. We have recently acquired a High Pressure Liquid Chromatography apparatus which should improve both the accuracy and output of ascorbic acid determinations.
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