Jun 5, 2013

Acute Malnutrition Aid Contains Peanuts

Acute Malnutrition Aid (used in aid relief)
"RUTF is peanut butter “amplified,” – it is loosely defined as a fortified peanut butter paste rich in vitamins and energy contained in a package that looks like an oversized ketchup packet. RUTF has been revolutionary in treating severe acute malnutrition because it allows SAM to be treated in the community, does not require water, and does not spoil."

Acute Malnutrition Aid (used in aid relief)
Plumpy Nut
"Developed in 1996 by Nutriset and the French Institute of Research and Development (IRD), Plumpy’Nut® is the first ready-to-use food (RUTF) designed specifically for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition"

Consisting of a highly fortified peanut-based paste made with sugar, vegetable fat and skimmed milk powder, and enriched with vitamins and minerals, Plumpy’Nut® is available in 92 gram sachets which provide 500 kcal and can be used for up to 24 months after the date of manufacture without refrigeration.

Malnutrition Aid (used in aid relief)
"Nourimanba. It’s a therapeutic, highly nutritional food made of peanuts locally grown and processed in Haiti. It’s also one of PIH’s primary tools for fighting childhood malnutrition."

More Information
Strange Foods Made From Nuts
List Prescriptions, Medications and Treatments That Contain Nuts
Clean Water With Shrimp and Crab Shells
Vitamin Products That Contain Nuts

Peanut Paste Saves Starving African Children
ETHIOPIA: Peanut product to combat child malnutrition
UNICEF Executive Director inaugurates Ethiopia’s first Plumpy’nut factory

My Opinion
I do agree with the Plumpy Nut Blog Post that few people are allergic to nuts in areas that starvation aid is being sent, due to improved hygiene, vaccinations, and antibiotics.

See Peanut Allergies and Vaccinations by Devi Lockwood

I am not against vaccines, but question the number of vaccines given. I also believe that both improved hygiene, and other factors play a role in number of allergies in developed countries. I also question when to introduce nuts, as early nut exposure, or late exposure may contribute to a nut allergy as well, but am undesided on this issue. I suggest talking with your doctor and read what you can from all sides then form your own opinion.

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