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By loulou     Apr 7, 2007 in World
In the small country of Malawi, malnutrition is rampant.
Peanut butter-based Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) might be the answer to nourish the children of this country.
RUTF is an energy-dense lipid paste that resembles commercial peanut butter. It has been tested with inpatients and then in people's homes. The success predicts that it could also been used in other countries where malnutrition is huge.
Most families in the area grow corn on small pieces of land surrounding their local villages. A simple corn dough is a big part of their diet. It is known as nsima.The problem with nsima is the very small nutritional value contained in it.
"Maize contains only 7% fat by volume by weight and yet constitutes approximately 70% of daily diet. The effects of such an energy poor diet have most drastic effects on Malawian children, especially between the critical growth periods from 6 months to 18 months of age. Malnutrition affects 70% of all children in the nation with an estimated 13% of children dying before the age of five years old from malnutrition."
Peanut butter-based Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food can be grown by the local peasants which is one of its greatest asset.
This could revolutionize hungry African countries.
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