Most folks with serious concerns over emergency malnutrition of children in developing countries have probably heard of Plumpy’nut. Plumpy’nut is a “peanut-based food for use in famine relief which was formulated in 1999 by André Briend, a French scientist (1),” produced by the French company Nutriset.

A recent report by 60-minutes examines this “miracle food”:

Every year, 5 million children die worldwide from malnutrition. That’s one child every six seconds. Now, the relief group Doctors Without Borders says it has something that can save millions of these children. It’s called “Plumpy’nut” – a ready to eat and cheap to produce food that might be the most important advance ever in the fight against malnutrition. Anderson Cooper saw the benefits of plumpy’nut firsthand in the African nation of Niger.

I applaud the immediate success of this product, and if in the same situation I would seek out and feed my daughter Plumpynut without hesitation. But I of course have my concerns. It seems like a similar product for developing countries could have been produced years ago. So why this product, now? I’m certain organic is cost-prohibitive, but why is it so cheap to produce this product? Are genetically modified ingredients, BGH’s and pesticide residue also packaged along with the vitamins and minerals? And if so, what sort of health consequences might be seen down the road for these children and future generations?

These are concerns I have, but at the same time I am glad to see that families and children are having immediate health benefits.

Are you interested in the ingredients and nutrient content found in Plumpy’nut? Here are the food specifications provided by the World Food Programme:

Plumpy’Nut [Nutriset] Formula:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Dry Skim Milk
  • Lactoserum
  • Malto-dextrine
  • Sugar
  • Minerals & Vitamins

Composition (per 100g):

  • Energy 545 kcal
  • Proteins: 13.6g
  • Fat: 35.7g

Minerals (per 100g):

  • Sodium: <290 mg
  • Calcium: 300 mg
  • Phosphorus: 300 mg
  • Magnesium: 92 mg
  • Zinc: 14 mg
  • Iodine: 100 mcg
  • Potassium: 1,111 mg
  • Copper: 1.8 mg
  • Selenium: 30 mcg
  • Iron: 11.5 mg

Vitamins (per 100g):

  • Vit A: 910 mcg
  • Vit D: 16 mcg
  • Vit E: 20 mg
  • Vit K: 21 mcg
  • Vit C: 53 mg
  • Vit B1: 0.6 mg
  • Vit B2: 1.8 mg
  • Niacin: 5.3 mg
  • Vit B6: 0.6 mg
  • Ac. Folic: 210 mcg
  • Vit B12: 1.8 mcg
  • Biotin : 65 mcg
  • Ac. Panto: 3.1 mg

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2 Responses to “Plumpy’nut”

  1. berhan fikru Says:

    i want to know the microbial limit for plumpy nut

  2. Texas Hydroponics Says:

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