Ms. Shruti Bhatt will present her APS as per the detail:
Date: 27 February 2023
Time: 1600 – 1730 hrs.
Venue: Hybrid mode - Conference Room No.1 and through Zoom
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Title: Development of Food-based Sprinkler Formulation for Undernourished Children
Guide: Prof. Satish B. Agnihotri, Prof. Amit Arora
RPC Members: Prof. Parmeshwar Udmale, Prof. K.V. Venkatesh
External Evaluator: Prof. Anamik Shah
Undernutrition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), refers to deficiencies in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. Childhood undernutrition is directly associated with child morbidity and mortality because it compromises the immune function; exacerbates vulnerability to infectious diseases, and speeds up the progression, severity, and period of the disease. One of the major causes of undernutrition is a low-quality diet wherein there is the overconsumption of high-energy, low-nutrient-dense foods with added sugars is involved. Besides that, supplements available in the market are extremely expensive and therefore may not reach the underprivileged population where they are needed the most. While the practice of compositing/blending foods has been applied for centuries at a household level to enrich grain foods with key macronutrients, food-to-food fortification (FtFF) is now viewed as an emerging strategy wherein micronutrient-dense foods are added to food recipes (household level) to increase the micronutrient quality.
Therefore, the present study aims to develop a food-based (vegan) sprinkler formulation that is rich in macro and micronutrients. The study focuses on providing nutrients to undernourished children (Ages: 1 to 3 years old) in an easy and affordable manner without changing their dietary habits. This sprinkler formulation can be used as an add-on powder to any cooked recipe. It can fulfill the macro and micronutrient requirements of children as per RDA. During product development, individual ingredients have been processed in a way to reduce the antinutrient content (Phytate, Trypsin Inhibitors, Phytoestrogens, etc.) of the final formulation. Accelerated shelf life analysis is done to check the safety and efficacy of the sprinkler in extreme conditions. Mineral bioavailability is assessed using solubility and in vitro assays. Furthermore, zeta potential analysis was carried out to understand the stability of the developed formulation during long-term storage. Powder rheology study included measurement of the dynamic flow and shear properties of powders as well as bulk properties such as density, compressibility, and permeability. Further research work will include In Vitro Bioavailability studies, Sensory Studies, DIAAS Analysis (digestible indispensable amino acid score; to analyze the protein quality), and Techno-economic analysis of the sprinkler.