Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh

Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh

Inadequate energy and micronutrient intake during childhood is a major public health problem in developing countries. Ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) made of locally available food ingredients can improve micronutrient status and growth of children. The objective of this study was to develop RUSF using locally available food ingredients and test their acceptability. Two RUSF – one based on rice-lentil and the other on chickpea – were compared to Pushti packet (a cereal based food supplement). Although the two RUSFs did not differ in the amount consumed, there was a significant difference in consumption between chickpea-based RUSF and Pushti packet. The study results suggest that rice-lentil and chickpea-based RUSF are well accepted by children.

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