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Ready-to-Eat Weaning Foods Marketed on India

Sneha, Sehwag (2009) Ready-to-Eat Weaning Foods Marketed on India. Masters thesis, University of Mysore.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Weaning period is an important stage in child’s life. Appropriate importance should be given to nutrient intake of child in this period otherwise it may lead to malnutrition which in turn results in several diseases. In the present scenario, nuclear families are common and most of the mothers are professionally engaged. Due to this, the time and nutritional care given to a child is minimizing. Hence, there is a need to develop weaning foods which should be either ready-to-eat or ready-to-use type. However, it is mandatory that, these weaning foods should be nutritionally well balanced. According to the standard norms a weaning food should contain 14% protein, 55% carbohydrates and 7.5% fats. There are a number of ready-to-eat weaning foods marketed in India. The prominent brands are Cerelac, Nestum and Farex and in addition to these there are several other brands which are manufactured by small scale entrepreneurs and are not much in demand by consumer. Most of these products are either roller-dried or extrusion cooked. The main ingredients used are wheat, rice, corn/maize, fruit juice concentrates mainly including those of apples, orange to increase the flavour and palatability of product. However, roller dried and extrusion cooked products are slightly bulky products and are not economically cheap. The products supplied by small scale entrepreneurs are not prepared according to the standards norms and they lack several nutrients even though they appear to be cheaper in price in comparison to well known brands. Hence, there is a need to develop a ready-to-eat weaning food, which is nutritionally balanced and also affordable by the lower economic strata of the society. In addition to this, the weaning food, should be prepared by using other course cereals such as millets may provide sufficient micronutrients as millets contain good amount of micronutrients. In conclusion, it can be stated that, even though, there are a number of products exists in market as weaning foods, there is a need to develop a nutritionally well balanced and cost effective product.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ready-to-eat weaning foods; ready-to-use weaning foods; Child malnutrition
Subjects: 600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 18 Processed foods
600 Technology > 01 Medical sciences > 03 Child nutrition
Divisions: Grain Science and Technology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2010 09:40
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2011 10:16
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/9565

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