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Lindsay H. Allen

Lindsay H. Allen

  • Research Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Director, USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center

122 WHNRC

(530) 752 5268

lindsay.allen@ars.usda.gov

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Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Dr. Allen is the Director of the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). Dr. Allen´s research is focused on the prevalence, causes, consequences and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies including iron, vitamin B-12, zinc, vitamin A and riboflavin.

Selected Publications

  • Allen, L.H., G.H. Pelto, A. Chavez, H. Martinez and R.D. Ely. Maternal correlates of infant growth in rural Mexico. In: Breastfeeding, Nutrition, Infection and Infant Growth in Developing Countries. S.A. Atkinson, L.A. Hanson and R.K. Chandra (eds). ARTS Biomedical Publishers, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. pp. 299-306, 1990.
  • Kerstetter, J.E. and L.H. Allen. Dietary protein increases urinary calcium. J. Nutr. 1990;120:134-136.
  • Allen, L.H. Functional indicators and outcomes of undernutrition. J. Nutr. 1990;120:924-932.
  • Specker, B.L., A. Black, L. Allen and F. Morrow. Low milk B12 concentrations are related to low serum B12 in vegetarian women and methylmalonic aciduria in their infants. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1990;52:1073-1076.
  • Kerstetter, J.E., B. Caballero, B. O'Brien and L.H. Allen. Mineral homeostasis in obesity: effects of euglycemic hyperinsulinemia. Metabolism 1991;40:707-713.
  • Allen, L.H. How important is dietary quality for the growth and development of children in developing countries? Food and Nutrition News 1991;63:15-18.
  • Rosado, J.L., P. Lopez, M. Morales and L.H. Allen. Fiber digestibility and breath-hydrogen excretion in subjects consuming rural and urban Mexican diets. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1991;53:55-60.
  • Pelto, G.H., J. Urgello, L.H. Allen, A. Chavez, H. Martinez, L.M. Meneses and C. Capacchione. Household size, food intake and anthropometric status of school-age children in a highland Mexican area. Soc. Sci. Med. 1991;33:1135-1140, 1991.
  • Randolph, S., R.D. Ely, L.H. Allen, G.H. Pelto and A. Chavez. 1991. The assessment of caloric adequacy. Food Nutr. Bull. 1991;13:3-6.
  • Allen, L.H. An analytical approach for exploring the importance of dietary quality vs quantity to the growth of Mexican children. Food Nutr. Bull. 1991;13:95-104.
  • Goodman, A.H., G.H. Pelto, L.H. Allen and A. Chavez. Socioeconomic and anthropometric correlates of linear enamel hypoplasia in children from Solis, Mexico. J. Paleopathol. 1992;2:373-380.
  • Rosado, J.L., N.W. Solomons and L.H. Allen. Lactose digestion from unmodified low-fat and lactose-hydrolyzed yogurt in adult lactose-digesters. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 1992;46:61-67, 1992.
  • Rosado, J.L., P. Lopez, M. Morales, E. Munoz and L.H. Allen. Bioavailability of energy, nitrogen, fat, zinc, iron and calcium from rural and urban Mexican diets. Br. J. Nutr. 1992;68:45-48.
  • Allen, L.H., J. Backstrand, E.J. Stanek, A. Chavez, G.H. Pelto, E. Molina, A. Mata and J-B. Castillo. The interactive effects of diet quality on growth and attained size of young Mexican children. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1992;56:353-364.
  • Bentley, M., Pelto, G.H., Allen, L.H., Mathur, M. and Sanago, D. Maternal beliefs and feeding practices during childhood diarrhea in North India: The use of complementary methods. In: Poggie, J., DeWalt, B. and Dressler, W. (eds). Anthropological Research: Process and Application. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 69-96, 1992.
  • Allen, L.H. The Mexican food system: traditional and modern. In: Perspectives on Dietary Change: Studies in Nutrition and Society. G.H. Pelto and L.A. Vargas (eds.). Ecol. Food and Nutr. 27:219-234, 1993.
  • Allen, L.H. Interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality from pneumonia: micronutrient deficiencies. World Health Organization, Geneva, 1993.
  • Allen, L.H. Marginal malnutrition and human function: The Nutrition CRSP. Lead article for Nutr. Rev. 1989;51:255-267.
  • Vicchio, D., K.O. O'Brien, L.H. Allen, R. Ray, M.F. Holick and A.L. Yergey. Quantification and kinetics of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 by isotope dilution liquid chromatography/thermospray mass spectrometry. Biol. Mass Spectrom. 1993;22:53-58.
  • Allen, L.H. and Wood, R.J. Calcium and phosphorus. In: Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. Shils, M., Olson, R. and Shike, M. (eds). Chapter 7, 1993.
  • Martinez H., Allen, L.H., Chavez, A., Pelto, G.H., Molina, E., Rios, E., Backstrand, J.R., Black, A.K., Ely, R.D. Factores de la dieta que afectan el crecimiento de niños en el medio rural. Bol. Med. Hosp. Infant Mex. 1993;50:702-703.
  • Rosado, J.L., Munoz, E., Lopez, P. and Allen, L.H. Absorption of zinc sulfate, methionine, and polyascorbate in the presence and absence of a plant-based rural Mexican diet. Nutr. Res. 1993;13:1141-1151.
  • O'Brien, K.O., Allen, L.H., Quatromoni, P., Siu-Caldera, M.-L., Vieria, N., Perez, A., Turner, A., Holick, M. and Yergey, A.L. High fiber diets slow bone turnover in young men but have no effect on efficiency of intestinal calcium absorption. J. Nutr. 1993;123:2122-2128.
  • Martinez Salgado, H., Rosado, J.L., Allen, L.H. Panorama de deficiencias de micronutrimentos en una zona del Altiplano Mexicano. II Congreso Regional de la Asociacion Internacional de Epidemiologia, 1993.
  • Black, A.K., Allen, L.H., de Mata, M., Pelto, G.H. and Chavez, A. Iron, vitamin B-12 and folate status in Mexico: associated factors in men, women, and during pregnancy and lactation. J. Nutr. 1994;124:1179-1188.
  • Allen, L.H. Vitamin B12 metabolism during pregnancy and lactation. In: Nutrient Regulation during Pregnancy, Lactation and Infant Growth. Allen, L.H., King, J.C. and Lonnerdal, B., eds. Plenum, New York. pp. 167-180, 1994.
  • Martinez, H., Allen, L.H., Lung'aho, M., Chavez, A. and Pelto, G.H. Maternal fatness in Mexican women predicts body composition changes in pregnancy and lactation. In: Nutrient Regulation during Pregnancy, Lactation and Infant Growth. Allen, L.H., King, J.C. and Lonnerdal, B., eds. Plenum, New York. pp. 93-102, 1994.
  • Allen, L.H. The importance of vitamin D for the prevention of osteoporosis. In: Dairy Products and Human Health and Nutrition. M. Serrano et al., eds. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, pp. 423-429, 1994.
  • Allen, L.H., M.S. Lung'Aho, M. Shaheen, G.G. Harrison, C. Neumann and A. Kirksey. Body mass index and pregnancy outcome in the Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 48: Suppl. 2, S68-S77, 1994.
  • Allen, L.H. Nutritional influences on linear growth: A general review. In: Causes and Mechanisms of Linear Growth Retardation. J. Waterlow, (ed.) Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 1994;48 (Suppl 1); S75-89.
  • Allen, L.H. Introduction. In: Recent Developments in Maternal Nutrition and Their Implications for Practitioners. (Allen, L.H., ed.) Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1994;59 (Suppl 2); 437-438.
  • Allen, L.H., and Uauy, R. Guidelines for the study of mechanisms involved in the prevention or reversal of linear growth retardation in developing countries. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 1994;48 (Suppl 1): S212-216.
  • Allen, L.H. Maternal micronutrient malnutrition: Effects on breast milk and infant function, and priorities for intervention. SCN News 1994;11:21-24.
  • Allen, L.H., Casterline, J. 1994. Vitamin B-12 deficiency in the elderly: diagnosis and requirements. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1994;60:12-14.
  • Allen, L.H. Nutritional supplementation of the pregnant woman. Clin. Obstet. Gynecol. 1994;37: 587-595, 1994.
  • Pelto, G.H., Lung'aho, M.S. and Allen, L.H. 1994. Nutrition and reproduction: some cross-cultural questions. Smithsonian Institute.
  • Ulijaszek, S.J., Allen, L.H., Prentice, A., Dagnelie, P.C., van Dusseldorp, M., Torun, B., Westerterp-Plantenga, M.S. Malnutrition, growth retardation and stunting. In: Food and the Human Condition. Open University, Heerlen, Amsterdam. D.G.P. Landgraaf, 1994.
  • Allen, L.H. Comparison of results from the INCAP studies and the Nutrition CRSP. J. Nutr. 1995;125:1119S-1126S.
  • Kerstetter, J.E. and L.H. Allen. Protein intake and calcium homeostasis. Advances in Nutrition Research. H. Draper (ed). Plenum Press, New York, pp. 167-181, 1995.
  • Allen, L.H., J.L. Rosado, J.E. Casterline, H. Martinez, P. López, P., E. Muñoz and A.K. Black. Vitamin B-12 deficiency and malabsorption are highly prevalent in rural Mexican communities. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1995;62:1013-1019.
  • Allen, LH, Rosado, JL, Casterline, JE, Martinez, H, Lopez, P, Muñoz, E, Black, AK.Vitamin B-12 deficiency and malabsorption are highly prevalent in rural Mexican communities. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1995;62(5):1013-9.
  • Allen, LH. Malnutrition and human function: a comparison of conclusions from the INCAP and nutrition CRSP studies. J. Nutr. 1995;125(4 Suppl):1119S-1126S.
  • Allen, LH, Hautvast, JG, Prentice, AM. Report on the working group on energy requirements for pregnancy and lactation. Eur J. Clin. Nutr. 1995;50 Suppl 1:S190-1.
  • Mossavar-Rahmani, Y, Pelto, GH, Ferris, AM, Allen, LH. Determinants of body size perceptions and dieting behavior in a multiethnic group of hospital staff women. J. Amer. Dietetic Assoc. 1996;96(3):252-6.
  • Casterline, JE, Allen, LH, Ruel, MT. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is very prevalent in lactating Guatemalan women and their infants at three months postpartum. J. Nutr. 1997;127(10):1966-72.
  • Backstrand, JR, Allen, LH, Pelto, GH, Chávez, A. Examining the gender gap in nutrition: an example from rural Mexico. Soc. Sci. Med. 1997;44(11):1751-9.
  • Allen, LH. Pregnancy and iron deficiency: unresolved issues. Nutrition Reviews, 1997;55(4):91-101.
  • Rosado, JL, López, P, Muñoz, E, Martinez, H, Allen, LH. Zinc supplementation reduced morbidity, but neither zinc nor iron supplementation affected growth or body composition of Mexican preschoolers. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1997;65(1):13-9.
  • Allen, LH. Zinc and micronutrient supplements for children. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1998;68(2 Suppl):495S-498S.
  • Brown, KH, Peerson, JM, Allen, LH. Effect of zinc supplementation on children's growth: a meta-analysis of intervention trials. Bibliotheca Nutritio et Dieta, 1998;54:76-83.
  • Allen, LH. Women's dietary calcium requirements are not increased by pregnancy or lactation. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1998;67(4):591-2.
  • Ahluwalia, N, Lönnerdal, B, Lorenz, SG, Allen, LH. Spot ferritin assay for serum samples dried on filter paper. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1998;67(1):88-92.
  • Allen, L.H. Appropriate maternal weight gain. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. Academic Press, London, pp. 1932-1939, 1998.
  • Allen, L.H. and J.E. Casterline. Safe diet for pregnancy. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Academic Press, London, pp. 1599-1605, 1998.
  • Chavez, A., H. Martinez, N. Guarneros, L.H. Allen and G.H. Pelto. Nutrición y desarrollo psicomotor durante el primer semestre de vida. Salud Publica. de Mexico 1998;40:111-118.
  • Allen, L. Calcium physiology. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. Academic Press, London, pp. 214-218, 1998.
  • Allen, L.H. Iron-ascorbic acid and iron-calcium interactions and their relevance in complementary feeding. In: Micronutrient Interactions in Complementary Feeding, 11-20. ILSI Press, Washington DC, 1998.
  • Bovell-Benjamin, A.C., L.H. Allen, E.N. Frankel and J.-X. Guinard. Sensory quality and lipid oxidation of maize porridge as affected iron amino acid chelates. Journal of Food Science 1999;64:371-376.
  • Bovell-Benjamin, A.C., L.H. Allen and J.-X. Guinard. Toddler's acceptance of whole maize meal porridge fortified with ferrous bisglycinate. Food Quality and Preference 1999;10:123-128.
  • Bovell-Benjamin AC, FE Viteri, Allen LH. Iron absorption is higher from whole maize fortified with ferrous bisglycinate vs ferrous sulfate, and is regulated by iron status. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1999;71:1563-2569.
  • Allen LH, Garcia Obregon O, Diaz M, Abrams S, Murphy S, Rosado JL. Is increasing ascorbic acid intake from foods an effective strategy for improving dietary iron bioavailability? An evaluation using dietary algorithms, iron isotopes and a food-based community intervention trial in rural Mexico. In: Proceedings of Trace Elements in Man and Animals 1999;10.78:267-270.
  • Munoz EC, Rosado JL, Lopez P, Furr HC, Allen LH. Iron and zinc supplementation improves indicators of vitamin A status of Mexican preschoolers. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000;71:789-94.
  • Allen, LH. Anemia and iron deficiency: effects on pregnancy outcome. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000;71:1280S-1284S.
  • Allen LH, Rosado JL, Casterline JE, Lopez P, Munoz E, Garcia OP, Martinez H. 1999. Lack of hemoglobin response to iron supplementation in anemic Mexican preschoolers with multiple micronutrient deficiencies. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2000;71:1485-1494.
  • Allen, L.H., Gillespie, S. Options for Interventions to Improve Human Nutrition: A Review of Efficacy and Effectiveness. IFPRI-ADB, Washington D.C. (149 pp.), 2000.
  • Allen, L.H. Ending hidden hunger: the history of micronutrient deficiency control. Background analysis for the World bank-UNICEF Nutrition Assessment Project. World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2000.
  • Allen, L.H., and F.E. Viteri. Reply to L Hallberg and L Hulthén Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72: 1593.
  • Allen, L.H. Biological Mechanisms That Might Underlie Iron’s Effects on Fetal Growth and Preterm Birth. J. Nutr. 2001; 131: 581S-589S.
  • S. H. Zeisel, L. H. Allen, S. P. Coburn, J. W. Erdman, M. L. Failla, H. C. Freake, J. C. King, and J. Storch. Nutrition: A Reservoir for Integrative Science. J. Nutr. 2001 131: 1319-1321.
  • Murphy, S. P., Kaiser, L. L., Townsend, M. S., & Allen, L. H. Evaluation of validity of items for a food behavior checklist. J Am Diet Assoc 2001;101: 751-761.
  • Zeisel, S. H., Allen, L. H., Coburn, S. P., Erdman, J. W., Failla, M. L., Freake, H. C., King, J. C., & Storch, J. Nutrition: a reservoir for integrative science. J Nutr 2001;131: 1319-1321.
  • Allen, L. H. Biological mechanisms that might underlie iron's effects on fetal growth and preterm birth. J Nutr 2001;131: 581S-589S.
  • Backstrand, J. R., Allen, L. H., Martinez, E., & Pelto, G. H. Maternal consumption of pulque, a traditional central Mexican alcoholic beverage: relationships to infant growth and development. Public Health Nutr 2001;4: 883-891.
  • Allen, L. H. Impact of vitamin B-12 deficiency during lactation on maternal and infant health. Adv Exp Med Biol 2002;503: 57-67.
  • Allen, L. H. Iron supplements: scientific issues concerning efficacy and implications for research and programs. J Nutr 2002;132: 813S-819S.
  • Allen, L. H., Bentley, M. E., Donovan, S. M., Ney, D. M., & Stover, P. J. Securing the future of nutritional sciences through integrative graduate education. J Nutr 2002;132: 779-784.
  • Backstrand, J. R., Allen, L. H., Black, A. K., De Mata, M., & Pelto, G. H. Diet and iron status of nonpregnant women in rural Central Mexico. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;76: 156-164.
  • Brown, K. H., Peerson, J. M., Rivera, J., & Allen, L. H. Effect of supplemental zinc on the growth and serum zinc concentrations of prepubertal children: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75: 1062-1071.
  • Siekmann, J.H., Allen, L.H., Watnik, M.R., Nestel, P., Neumann, C.G., Shoenfeld, Y., Peter, J.B., Patnik, M., Ansari, A.S., Coppel, R.L., Gershwin, M.E. Titers of antibody to common pathogens: relation to food-based interventions in rural Kenyan schoolchildren. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003;77:242-9.
  • Rogers, LmM., Boy, E., Miller, J.W., Green, R., Rodriguez, M., Chew, F., Allen, L.H. Predictors of cobalamin deficiency in Guatemalan school children: diet, Helicobacter pylori, or bacterial overgrowth? Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 2003;36:27-36. (In-Press #2 last review)
  • Rogers, L.M., Boy, E., Miller, J.W., Green, R., Sabel, J.C., Allen, L.H. High prevalence of cobalamin deficiency in Guatemalan schoolchildren: associations with low plasma holotranscobalamin II and elevated serum methylmalonic acid and plasma homocysteine concentrations. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003;77:433-40.
  • Ramos MI, Allen LH, Haan MN, Green R, Miller JW. Plasma folate concentrations are associated with depressive symptoms in elderly Latina women despite folic acid fortification. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Oct;80(4):1024-8.
  • Allen LH. Folate and vitamin B12 status in the Americas. Nutr Rev. 2004 Jun;62(6 Pt 2):S29-33; discussion S34. Review.
  • Backstrand, R., Goodman, A.H., Allen, L.H., Pelto, G.H. Pulque intake during  pregnancy and lactation in rural Mexico: alcohol and child growth from 1 to 57 months, Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 2004;58:1-9, 2004.
  • Allen, L.H., Graham, J.M., Casterline, J.E. Pregnancy: Dietary guidelines and safe supplement use. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Caballero, B., Prentice, A, Allen, L.H., eds. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005, pp. 8-15.
  • Allen, L.H. Pregnancy: Nutrient requirements. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Caballero, B., Prentice, A, Allen, L.H., eds. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005, pp. 521-528.
  • Allen, L.H., Jones, K.M. Vitamin B-12. In: Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements, Coates, P., ed. Marcell Dekker, New York, 2005.
  • Allen, L.H., Kerstetter, J.E. Calcium. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Caballero, B., Prentice, A, Allen, L.H., eds. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005, pp. 253-259.
  • Allen, L.H., Graham, J.M. Pregnancy: Weight gain. In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Caballero, B., Prentice, A, Allen, L.H., eds. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005, pp. 533-538.
  • Allen, L.H. Multiple micronutrients in pregnancy and lactation: An overview. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2005;81:1206S-1212S.
  • Jones, K.M., Specio, S.E., Shrestha, P., Brown, K.H., Allen, L.H. Nutrition knowledge and practices, and consumption of vitamin A-rich plants by rural Nepali participants and non-participants in a kitchen-garden program. Food Nutr. Bull. 2005;26:198-208.
  • Campbell, A.K., Jagust, W.J., Mungas, D.M., Miller, J.W., Green, R., Haan, M.N., Allen, L.H. Low erythrocyte folate, but not plasma vitamin B-12 or homocysteine, is associated with dementia in elderly Latinos. J. Nutr. Hlth. Aging. 2005;9: 39-43.
  • Shrimpton, R., Allen, L.H. The International Research on Infant Supplementation (IRIS) study: implications for programs and further research. J. Nutr. 2005;135:666S-669S.
  • Graham, J.G., Peerson, J.M., Haskell, M.J., Shrestha, R.K., Brown, K.H., Allen, L.H. Erythrocyte riboflavin for the detection of riboflavin deficiency in pregnant Nepali women. Clin. Chem. 2005;51:2162-2165.
  • Kaput, J., Ordovas, J.M., Ferguson, L., van Ommen, B., Rodriguez, R., Allen, L.H., et al. The case for strategic international alliances to harness nutritional genomics for  public and personal health. Br. J. Nutr. 2005;4:623-632.
  • Allen, L.H. International Nutrition Needs, and Approaches to Fortification. In: Poceedings 4th International Symposium on Recombined Milk and Milk Products. Tsong, P., ed., U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, VA, 2005.
  • Ramos, M.I., Allen, L.H., Mungas, D.M., Jagust, W.J., Haan, M.J., Green, R., Miller,  J.W. Low folate status is associated with impaired cognitive function and dementia in the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2005;82: 1346-1352.