Malunggay-fortified rice crackers rolled out vs hidden hunger
Researchers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute’s (PhilRice) Rice Chemistry and Food Science Division (RCFSD) have fortified rice cracker with nutritious malunggay to help solve micronutrient deficiency or hidden hunger.
The research earned Dr. Riza Ramos of RCFSD the 2015 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agriculture Researcher award in Central Luzon.
Moringa or malunggay is known as a low-cost solution to undernourishment.
Its leaves have the highest amount of calcium and phosphorus among vegetables and it is also rich in potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Some studies show that it also reduces cholesterol.
Ramos said the fortified rice crackers should convince kids to eat nutritious food because it also tastes good.
She said her group offers free training to mothers and women’s organizations on how to make malunggay-fortified rice crackers.
She said rice crackers have lower fat content and significantly higher beta-carotene, vitamin C, and calcium levels.
Ramos said the product is available to anyone who might want to produce it on a bigger scale.