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PIA Press Release
2008/11/06

Vitamin A enriched bread out in market soon

by Tess Superioridad Baluyos

Cagayan de Oro City (6 November) -- Soon, bread enriched with Vitamin A will be available in Cagayan de Oro City.

Yes, Ruben's Bakery has entered into an agreement with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) to start using squash as partial ingredient in making pandesal and other bread variety and snack items.

One businessman also signified his interest to go into making squash noodles.

Recently, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 10 (DOST-10), along with FNRI, conducted an awareness seminar on veggie noodles and bread with squash.

Bakery owners, canteen/fast food managers and other interested businessmen were invited to attend.

The series of this kind of seminar is being conducted all over the country by the FNRI-DOST, hoping to lure more business people to adopt the technology.

It is in line with the government's program, "Pagkain sa Bawat Mesa", designed to ensure that every Filipino family is assured of sufficient supply of affordable food.

Pandesal and loaf breads are typical breakfast food of Filipinos.

With the increasing high price of wheat flour, the prices of pandesal and loaf bread continue to increase.

Adding squash puree to the traditional ingredients of dough such as yeast, skimmed milk, shortening, sugar and salt will not only help bakery owners cope with the rising cost of flour; it will also make pandesal and loaf bread still affordable to Filipinos.

According to nutritionists and researchers, two slices (5.2g) of loaf bread can help meet the 25% of the recommended nutrient intake for Vitamin A and 32% for iron of 7-9 year old child.

Consumers then are assured not only of Vitamin-A enriched pandesal and other breads, but also make these staple substitute more affordable.

Using squash as partial substitute for wheat flour can also help farmers. Squash are abundant in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao. They are sold at reasonable price, too.

Other snacks where squash can be added are: macaroons, suman, chips, kusinta, leche flan.

For those who are interested to have a copy of the recipe, just contact: superioridadtess@yahoo.com. (DOST-10) [top]

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