NUTRITION: DOST-FNRI unveils new complementary, emergency foods in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) introduced and tested the acceptability of its new complementary and emergency foods to some pupils, teachers and parents last Wednesday in this town.


Joyce Tobias, FNRI supervising science research specialist, said the institute, which was mandated to develop nutritious, safe and affordable food products, has produced new complementary foods such as brown rice power bar, nutri-bite, and momsie.


Tobias said brown rice power bar, which is good for adults, was developed as a potential food product that will provide minerals and vitamins such as phosphorous, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.


She added that the product with a brown rice as main ingredient can lasts up to eight months.


The nutri-bite is a product formed for times of disaster or calamity. It is a ready-to-eat cereal legume made with milk, vegetable fat and sugar that provide protein and energy suitable for four to six year old children.


Tobias said the ready-to-eat complementary food called β€œmomsie” was designed to meet the nutritional requirements of children age six months up to three years old. Momsie, which is high in energy and has shelf-life of one year, provides minerals and vitamins like foliate, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C.


She said the three products, which are easy-to-serve, quick energy foods for infants, children and even adults, were developed to be distributed few hours after the onset of emergencies or disaster.


β€œThe DOST-FNRI introduced these products to some consumers to know its acceptability level if these new complementary foods will be given during calamity or emergency,” Tobias said.


Racky Doctor, Long Live Pharma owner, assured the consumers that the products will soon be out in the market with very affordable prices.# (MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)