Vitameal, a new hope for nutritionally-depressed children
By Gemma T. Tabao
Tacloban City (20 September) -- With the alarming cases of malnutrition in the country, a highly nutritious and expertly designed meal is being introduced by the health and nutrition service providers, to address the needs of starving and undernourished children.
Named "Vitameal", this is an ideal and great-tasting food which is composed of rice and lentils, dehydrated vegetables, seasoning blends and other ingredients fortified with 25 essential vitamins and minerals to correct any nutrient deficiencies and thereby promote healthy growth and development.
The cereal is also specially formulated to contain the right amount of calories, protein, carbohydrates, electrolytes and fatty acids that malnourished children need to grow and develop to their fullest potentials.
Vitameal is being prepared as an add-on or as an additional ingredient to the different menu being cooked in the household like champorado, arrozcaldo, ginataang halo-halo and other forms of viands, among others.
In the region, the cereal is already being distributed by the National Nutrition Council in the different municipalities of Leyte and Samar provinces, particularly in areas with regular feeding programs.
With this new intervention, the Nutrition Council hopes for a remarkable improvement in the nutritional status of children especially the underprivileged ones. (PIA-8) [top]