Revista Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Print version ISSN 0120-0011
JHON JAIRO, Bejarano-Roncancio; OLGA PATRICIA, Cobos de Rangel and JULIETH PILAR, Uriza-Pinzón. Formulating an caramel flavoured drink with milk-based and enriched with iron and folic acid aimed to pregnant women. Rev.fac.med.unal [online]. 2011, vol.59, suppl.1, pp. 21-29. ISSN 0120-0011.
Background. Colombia is one of the world's countries having a moderate prevalence of anaemic expectant women (20%-40%); it has been shown that mothers' serum folate and iron levels are relevant biochemical factors for babies' formation. Such statements have justified formulating an iron- and folic acid-enriched food product which has been specifically designed for expectant mothers and which contributes towards improving their nutritional conditions. Objective. Developing an organoleptically acceptable, caramel (arequipe)-flavoured, sweetened iron- and folic acid-enriched milk-based drink. Materials and methods. The enriched drink was formulated in two stages (i.e. the standard and the product). The initial product was enriched with iron and folic acid and its final organoleptic acceptance was then determined. Results. The arequipe-flavoured Mamá vitae milk-based drink formulation had 86% acceptance. It included 10 mg aminochelated iron and 230 Î¼g pteroylmonoglutamate per 200 mL milk portion and supplied 17% of the recommended iron and 33% folic acid intake for pregnant women. Conclusion. The product's characteristics favoured better nutritional conditions for pregnant women and fertile females who want to plan a viable pregnancy. This type of product is epidemiologically necessary for vulnerable populations such as expectant and breast-feeding mothers.
Keywords : foods; fortified; functional food; anemia; prenatal nutrition; dairy products; pregnant women; micronutrients; diet.