DOST-FNRI bakes new variant of enhanced nutribun

Published April 27, 2021, 2:59 PM

by John Legaspi

The new variant of enhanced nutribun

After the launch of the enhanced nutribun, the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) bakes a new variant of the vitamin-packed bread, this time, with carrots.

“The enhanced nutribun is one of the DOST-FNRI’s answers to the call of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Memorandum Circular No. 12 Series of 2020, or the Guidelines in the Implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program During Community Quarantine or Other Similar Emergencies,” the department says.

As having a good diet is among the best defenses against COVID-19, it is a natural for the department to revisit the nutribun last year by including squash in the recipe. According to the department, the enhanced nutribun is loaded with macronutrients like iron, protein, and vitamin A.

The carrots-infused new variant comes with additional benefits such as “calcium, potassium, and zinc in significant quantities recommended for children.” This will not aid future feeding programs, but will also provide a means for local farmers to earn with their crops.

The department also encourages manufacturers and local bakeries to check the recipe and produce their own nutribun that is easily accessible to children nationwide, giving them a healthier and more delicious meal alternative.

“The DOST-FNRI is inviting adopters of the first variant of enhanced nutribun, bakery companies and even bakeries in communities to become adopters of the enhanced nutribun with carrots technology to make it more available to consumers nationwide,” the department says.

The enhanced nutribun’s latest variant will be launched tomorrow, April 28, 2021.