Nutritionally at-risk Filipinos will soon benefit from nutritious food products developed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).
Introduced during the “Grand Launch of 2020: Perfect Vision for Nutrition” on February 19, 2020 at the Makati Diamond Residences, the new food products include the Enhanced Micronutrient Growth Mix (MGM 15), Multi-Nutrient Extruded Rice Kernel (MNERK), Rice-Mongo Blend with Vegetables, Rice-Mongo Curls with Vegetable and Extruded Sweet Potato Fries.
The Enhanced MGM is a powdered fortificant in a two-gram sachet added to cooked food that contains 15 essential vitamins and minerals to help boost the physical and mental development of children six months to five years old.
When ingredients for preparing a nutritionally-adequate or balanced diet are scarce, unavailable, expensive or there is no time to source them, MGM 15 is a practical, easy and affordable way to fortify meals in evacuation centers, feeding programs, and at home.
Another food product introduced is the MNERK for women of reproductive age (WRA), a nutritionally vulnerable population group.
Made from rice blended with extruded multi-nutrient kernel, MNERK is fortified with vitamins A, B1 or thiamine, B2 or riboflavin and B9 or folate, plus Zinc and iron that are especially needed by the mother and growing baby during pregnancy and lactation.
Six months after the recommended exclusive breastfeeding, the DOST-FNRI presented the Rice-Mongo Blend with Vegetables as complementary food for young children six months to three years old and the Rice-Mongo Curls with Vegetables as nutritious alternative snacks for older kids, teens and adults alike.
The whole family will surely enjoy the Extruded Sweet Potato or Kamote Fries, another nutritious alternative to the well-loved French fries that also debuted during the launch.
The new nutritious food products were adopted for commercialization by the Nutridense Food Manufacturing Corporation of Santa Barbara, Pangasinan, which already markets several FNRI food technologies.
Present during the launching of the nutritious food products are DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST-FNRI Director Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, DOST-FNRI Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Deputy Director and Chief Science Research Specialist Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia, Mr. Racky D. Doctor and Mrs. Divine C. Doctor, President and Finance Manager, respectively, of Nutridense Food Manufacturing Corporation.
The FNRI is proactively scouting for interested entrepreneurs to be valuable partners in fighting malnutrition by adopting nutritious and innovative food technologies.
Inquire from your Provincial Science and Technology Office or DOST Regional Office for proper referral, as well as financial and technical assistance.