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Nutrient Partitioning

  • Nutrient partitioning is a term used to describe differential deposition of protein and fat. There are several obvious examples of nutrient partitioning.
  • Lactation: Lactation shifts fat and protein into milk. Lactation in the postpartum period may reduce fat accumulated during pregnancy. In the dairy industry, treatment with growth hormone is a key mechanism for increasing milk production.
  • The growing child: The increase in height and weight of a growing child or animal is an example of nutrient partitioning, where the nutrients from foods are selectively directed toward bone and muscular growth as opposed to energy used for work or stored in fat.
  • Puberty: At puberty, other mechanisms selectively lead to increased muscle mass in males and fat redistribution in females. In males, the release of testosterone from the ...
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