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Picky eater? Did you know that a zinc deficiency can lead to disturbances in the perception of taste and smell?

Zinc deficiency is more common in children with autism than in the general population. Zinc deficiency is also more common in people who have digestive disorders, as these disorders can impact on the absorption of zinc. In addition, treatments used for some digestive disorders (for example. antacids or proton pump inhibitors used to treat reflux) can decrease absorption of zinc.

Consider assessing zinc levels in picky eaters, as restoring adequate zinc levels can lead to improved acceptance of a wider variety of foods.

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