A food supplement, developed in 2005 to help with malnutrition and produced in Malawi, is being bought by South Africa and may be sent to help with relief work in Chad.
The product was conceived by Dr Sooliman in 2004 when he noticed that conventional foods were not overcoming malnutrition. They were eliminating hunger but there was little improvement in health and well-being.
It tastes rather like peanut butter. The ingredients are:
- soya oil
- vanilla flavouring
Photo from Flickr user Josh Wood. Creative Commons Licence.
The ground nuts from Malawi are of particularly high quality as they have among the world's lowest levels of afflotoxin, high levels of which make peanut consumption a problem. It is providing valuable jobs both in the production of the supplement and in groundnut farming, very welcome in a country as poor as Malawi.
Its advantages are that it is:
- free of wheat, gluten, lactose, tartrazine, preservatives;
- high in nutrients and energy;
- ready to eat and doesn't need any water added;
- no heating needed;
- no refrigeration needed;
- suitable for everyone from the age of 6 months right through to the elderly.
Not only has it been found to be valuable for people suffering from malnutrition, but also for those with HIV/Aids and TB. It requires no preparation, it can be eaten as it is, as a spread, or stirred into a porridge.