Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
A low cost powdered infant formula made from soybeans, oats and sucrose, fortified with methionine, vitamins and minerals, has been developed. A dry process for making the formula, which employs a low-cost Brady extruder, has also been developed. The resulting product is of good microbiological quality and disperses readily in water to give a milk-like suspension of satisfactory stability to settling. The essential amino acid pattern of the formula, its PER and NPU values, nitrogen balance data with infants, proximal chemical analysis, calorie distribution and low level of trypsin inhibitor indicate it to be adequate for feeding infants 3 months or older. Clinical trials with infants also showed that the formula was well accepted and tolerated, and produced adequate weight gain. Retail prices of the product, packed in cans and polyethylene bags, are appreciably lower than those of comparable cow's milk and other soya-based infant formulas available in the market. The product is currently being manufactured and sold in several parts of Mexico.
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