In Zambia, chronic malnutrition still is one of the most common problem among children. To fight against malnutrition, the easiest short-term solution could be to combine specific types of food with affordable local plants. A large variety of natural food resources grow in Zambia, such as Moringa oleifera (MO), whose leaves are known for their health benefits, but are not consumed much by local populations. We analysed Zambian MO powder obtained from dried leaves and found that it contains large amounts of protein, minerals and vitamins, such as iron, calcium and carotenoids. These characteristics make MO a good and sustainable complementary solution to malnutrition. We also evaluated the acceptability and the safety of dietary supplementation with MO powder in malnourished children for 30 days. A daily dose of 14 g daily was safe and well accepted. Its regular use in the menu of local populations may be viable proposition.
Nutritional characterisation of Zambian Moringa oleifera: acceptability and safety of short-term daily supplementation in a group of malnourished girls / M. Barichella, G. Pezzoli, S.A. Faierman, B. Raspini, M. Rimoldi, E. Cassani, S. Bertoli, A. Battezzati, A. Leone, L. Iorio, V. Ferri, G. Pinelli, C. Pusani, C. Bolliri, R. Cilia, S. Caronni, P. De Marco, E. Cereda. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCES AND NUTRITION. - ISSN 0963-7486. - 70:1(2019), pp. 107-115.
|Titolo:||Nutritional characterisation of Zambian Moringa oleifera: acceptability and safety of short-term daily supplementation in a group of malnourished girls|
CEREDA, EMANUELE (Ultimo) (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Moringa oleifera; Zambia; malnutrition; nutritional facts; oral supplementation; body composition|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/09 - Fisiologia|
Settore MED/49 - Scienze Tecniche Dietetiche Applicate
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Centro di ricerca:||Centro Internazionale per lo Studio della Composizione Corporea ICANS|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||24-mag-2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09637486.2018.1475550|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|