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Feature: Pandesal, loaf bread now enriched with vitamin A

Dagupan City (19 November) -- Ever thought of eating the all time favorite pandesal, buns and loaf bread with vegetables?

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) has developed vitamin A rich bakery products in response to the perennial malnutrition problems that afflict millions of Filipinos in the country.

One of the malnutrition problems that is still of public health significance is Vitamin A deficiency. The 2003 National Nutrition Survey by FNRI-DOST showed that based on plasma retinol of less than 20 micrograms per liter, there are about 40 out of 100 children, aged six months to five years old, who have deficient and low Vitamin A levels. Likewise, 36 out of 100 children, six to 12 years old, are within the same deficiency levels

This prevailing nutrition situation prompted the FNRI to develop nutritious products to combat malnutrition.

Bakery products like pandesal, buns and loaf bread are favorite food items of Filipinos and thus are good vehicles for nutrient enrichment. The institute developed technologies to enrich bakery goods with vitamin A by adding squash as an ingredient of the product.

Daily consumption of pandesal, buns and loaf bread may provide at least 18-30% of the Recommeded Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENI) for energy, vitamin A and iron of 7-9 year old children.

These products can be used in major nutrition interventions such as supplementary feeding programs to help improve the nutritional status of children and at the same time help generate income for farmers and entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs who are interested on the process of producing the bakery products with squash can contact the FNRI-DOST at their Technology Transfer and Commercialization Section Division with telephone number (02) 839 1836. (PIA-Pangasinan/FNRI-DOST) [top]

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