Children benefit from whey in malnutrition treatment

A clinical study of ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) has shown for the first time that the addition of whey ingredients speeds up the recovery of moderately malnourished children.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study summarises the findings from trials conducted by US-based food aid organisation Project Peanut Butter in Malawi and Mozambique.

Recovery was evaluated by measuring the circumference of the children’s mid-upper arm. This showed that children who received the novel whey-containing RUSF had a recovery rate of 83.9% – significantly higher than the 80.5% recovery rate of children who received the soya-containing RUSF. A higher growth rate was also recorded among the children in the whey-containing RUSF group.

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