Kachabira woreda in southern Ethiopia prepares corn based supplementary porridge for children aged 6-23 months, using orange meat, sweet potato and soybean flour
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https://www.eduzhai.net/ International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(4): 87-101 DOI: 10.5923/j.food.20160604.03 Formulation of Maize – Based Complementary Porridge Using Orange - Fleshed Sweet Potato and Bean Flour for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Kachabira Woreda, Southern Ethiopia Yibeltal Jemberu1,*, Menen Zegeye2, Pragya Singh2, Hiwot Abebe2 1Action Contre La Faim (ACF), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia Abstract Micronutrient deficiency, especially vitamin A, among infants is a major nutritional concern in developing countries. The aim of this study was to improve the vitamin A contents of the staple maize-based complementary porridge. For this study experimental study design was used. It comprised formulation of three maize based (Zea mays L.) complementary porridges using flours of haricot bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and OFSP (Ipomea batatas L.). The maize grains were soaked overnight and roasted sparingly, the beans were soaked overnight and roasted for 15 minutes and fresh OFSP roots were sliced and sundried to produce chips. The control complementary porridge was prepared from 100% raw maize flour. The proportions (%) of maize (processed): bean: OFSP flours were 50:25:25, 45:25:30 and 40:25:35 for the three formulated porridges. Sensory evaluation was done at laboratory level and at community level. Complementary porridges were analyzed for proximate composition using AOAC (2000) methods, β-carotene content was determined using an open column chromatography method and viscosity values (cp) were determined at 20% (w/v) dry matter concentration using a Brookfield (Model DVI+) viscometer. Results revealed that all the formulated porridges were organoleptically accepted. On fresh weight basis, the complementary porridges in which OFSP was incorporated provided significantly (p<0.05) higher vitamin A (30.45 μg RAE/- 85.52 μg RAE per100 Kcal) than the control which provided 0.00 μg RAE per100 Kcal. The three formulated porridges were also observed to have significantly (p<0.05) higher values of crude protein, but significantly (p<0.05) lower value of viscosity compared to the control. Incorporating flours of OFSP and haricot beans in maize flour is a potential way to increase the nutritive value of traditional complementary foods prepared from maize in the study area. Keywords Micronutrient deficiency, Vitamin A, Complementary foods, Orange fleshed sweet potato, Haricot bean, Kachabira Woreda, Zea mays L, Phaseolus vulgaris, Ipomea batatas L, Organoleptically 1. Introduction Micronutrient deficiencies are common in many developing countries and are typically due to inadequate food intake, poor dietary quality, poor bioavailability and/or the presence of infections. Micronutrient status can affect health outcomes such as child survival, growth and development either directly or indirectly through interactions with each other increasing food intake owing to improved appetite, and reducing morbidity . Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a major nutritional concern in poor societies, especially in lower income countries. Xerophthalmia is the most specific VAD, and is * Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Yibeltal Jemberu) Published online at https://www.eduzhai.net Copyright © 2016 Scientific & Academic Publishing. All Rights Reserved the leading preventable cause of blindness in children throughout the world . In preschool children; VAD can lead to increased risk of mortality and morbidity and to blindness . It is also known to impair numerous functions and, as a result, can lead to many health consequences to which infants, young children and pregnant women appear to be at greatest risk . Among the deficiencies of vitamins and minerals examined globally, the largest disease burdens were attributed to vitamin A and zinc deficiencies. Vitamin A deficiency in newborn babies, infants, and children resulted in about 6% of under-5 deaths, 5% of under-5 DALYs, and 1·7% of total DALYs . Africa has the greatest number of preschool-age children affected with night blindness (2.55 million) which corresponds to almost half of the children affected in the world . In Ethiopia, vitamin A deficiency continues to be a major public health problem despite the various intervention measures since 1989 . The fifth 88 Yibeltal Jemberu et al.: Formulation of Maize – Based Complementary Porridge Using Orange - Fleshed Sweet Potato and Bean Flour for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Kachabira Woreda, Southern Ethiopia nutrition situation report of the Standing Committee on Nutrition of the United Nations indicates that the prevalence of xerophthalmia in Ethiopia is the highest in the world . In addition above 6,000,000 pre-school children are estimated to have serum retinol <0.70 μmol/l indicating that vitamin A deficiency is a severe public health problem . A result of a national survey that was conducted in 2005 in nine of the 12 administrative zones of Ethiopia where EOS has been launched show the average prevalence rate for Bitot’s Spots in pre-school children to be 1.7% . Another study estimated a 33.9% national prevalence of subclinical VAD in children 0-24 months old . The introduction of foods like meat, fish, poultry and eggs in the diet of infants and young children is late and only few consume them. At the age 6-23 months, only one in ten children consume meat, fish, shellfish, poultry or eggs . The three most common strategies for combating VAD are distribution of vitamin A supplements, food fortification, and food-based approaches that aim to increase access to and intake of vitamin A-rich foods . Among these strategies, dietary diversification/modification may be more sustainable, economically feasible, and culturally acceptable than supplementation or fortification and can be used to alleviate several micronutrient deficiencies simultaneously without risk of antagonistic interactions . OFSP have emerged as one of the most promising plant sources of vitamin A and stand to be a cheaper and a complementary source of vitamin A to the rural and urban poor families. Sizeable studies conducted in other countries have given evidence that OFSP could play an imperative role in mitigating the impacts of VAD in populations where the problem is considered to be a significant public health importance. The bio-efficacy study recently completed in South Africa has demonstrated that the daily addition of as little as 100 g of OFSP to the diet could prevent vitamin A deficiency in children . Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) has not been incorporated in the standard complementary feeding recipes recommended for children 6-23 months old recommended by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia  . The present study was, therefore, one of the first of its kind in assessing the utilization of OFSP for the formulation of complementary food for Ethiopian infants and young children. 2. Materials and Methods 2.1. Description of the Study Area and Period The study was conducted at Kachabira woreda which is one of the 77 Woredas of Kembata Tembero Zone. Kembata Tembero Zone is bordered on the South by Semien Omo, on the North West by Hadiya, on the North by Gurage, on the East by the Oromia Region, and on the South East by Badawacho, an exclave of the Hadiya Zone. The major produced crops in the Zone include maize, sweet potato, taro, haricot bean, enset, sorghum, teff, ginger and coffee . Kachabira Woreda has an estimated area of 277.5 square kilometers; this Woreda has an estimated area of 277.5 and estimated population density of 618.7 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 429.40. Nearly above 85% of its population is rural . Laboratory level sensory evaluation and maternal acceptability tests were carried-out on May 11-13, 2011 and July 16-20, 2011 respectively. Chemical analysis of food was conducted in Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) in November, 2011. 2.2. Selection of Raw Materials Preliminary work was carried out to survey foods commonly consumed by children 6-23 months of age in the area. This information was obtained through informal interviews, market surveys and documents on the livelihood profiles of the study area. Accordingly, maize (Zea mays L) was selected as a staple ingredient while haricot bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), and orange fleshed sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) was supplementary ingredients to formulate complementary foods for the present study. Mature OFSP roots were obtained from Wondogenet, one of the sites where the crop has been introduced by CIP. While haricot bean and maize seeds were purchased from local market at Shinshicho town of the Kachabira Woreda. 2.3. Chemicals and Reagents All chemicals and reagents used in laboratory analyses were of analytical grade. 2.4. Processing Ingredient Flours 2.4.1. OFSP Flour Mature, fresh, healthy and medium-sized roots of same OFSP variety (Tula) were selected. A knife was used to trim all the unwanted portions of the roots. A hand brush was used to thoroughly scrub and wash the skin of roots in clean tap-water. Afterwards, the roots were peeled using a knife and a slicer was used to cut the roots into thin pieces that dry fast. Slices were soaked for 90 minutes in excess tap-water (twice the volume of slices) before the water was drained-off and slices were sun-dried for 3-4 days. The drying chips were continuously kept turning and thinly spread while being dried chips were dried to moisture content of 12%. This was subjectively determined if it was not possible to squeeze out moisture from pieces, the chips were brittle and break easily without being knead-able. Discoloured and under-dried chips were sorted by hand and removed. Dried chips were milled using a traditional hammer made from stone to the required particle size. The flour was allowed to pass through a laboratory test sieve (AXEL KISTNER, London, England) of 1.00 mm aperture size. The OFSP flour sample was manually packed in black plastic polythene bags that were then sealed using a heat sealer. Packed OFSP flour samples were stored in cool dry place. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(4): 87-101 89 divided into two portions. The first portion of maize grains was not subjected to any form of treatment and was used as a control. The second portion of maize grain sample was hand washed thrice with tap water. It was later soaked at room temperature for 24 hours in excess tap water (three times the volume of the maize grains). The steeping water was drained off, the maize grains were washed three times using tap water and sun-dried for three days. The dried maize grain sample was then roasted sparingly in order to improve the taste and odor. Both samples of maize grains were separately milled using a commercial hammer mill to pass through a 1.00 mm aperture size laboratory test sieve (AXEL KISTNER, London, England) to obtain a fine powder. The milled samples were then separately packed in airtight polythene plastic bags. The bags were stored at room temperature until laboratory analysis. 2.4.3. Bean Flour Defective grains (with holes), stones, dried pods and other debris were removed from the beans. The beans were then washed and soaked at ambient temperature in tap water for 24-hours. This was done to remove some of the antinutritive factors such as trypsin inhibitors and haemaglutinins present in the beans. The soaked beans were then placed in a nylon sieve and allowed to drain. The beans were then sun-dried after which they were roasted for 15 minutes to further reduce anti- nutritive factors in beans, improve the flavor, increase digestibility and shorten cooking time of the final product. The roasted beans were de-hulled using a commercial de-huller and winnowed to remove the bran from the beans. The bean sample was afterwards milled into flour and passed through a laboratory test sieve (AXEL KISTNER, London, England) of 1.00 mm aperture size to obtain smooth and consistent particle sizes. The bean flour sample was manually packed according to the required weight of flour in plastic polythene bags. The bags were sealed using heat sealer and stored at room temperature till it was used for analysis. Figure 1. Flow chart of flour preparation from orange fleshed sweet potato  2.4.2. Maize Flour Maize grains were winnowed and hand sorted to remove stones, leaves, stalks, grains that were broken, undersized or immature. Following this, the cleaned maize grains were 2.5. Composite Flour Formulation The proportions of OFSP flour was determined on the basis of the recommended daily intakes (RDI) for vitamin A for children 6-23 months old  and the guideline for fortification of complementary foods . The RDI for vitamin A was established to be 400 mg RE/day for children 6-23 months. It is suggested that when a food is supplemented with one or more nutrients, the total amount of the added vitamin(s) and/or mineral(s) contained in 100 g of the food on a dry matter basis should be at least 2/3rd of the reference daily requirements . For the current study the proportion of OFSP flour was determined in such a way that the vitamin A content ( as mg RE - on dry weight basis) of – OFSP composite flour be above 90% of the RDI for children 6-23 months. Accordingly the level of OFSP in the composite flour mix (% on dry weight basis) was made to be 25%, 30% and 35%. 90 Yibeltal Jemberu et al.: Formulation of Maize – Based Complementary Porridge Using Orange - Fleshed Sweet Potato and Bean Flour for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Kachabira Woreda, Southern Ethiopia Figure 2. Flow chart for the processing of maize flour  Table 1. Proportion of raw materials used to formulate composite flours Sample Code Y-120(control) Y-168 Y-175 Y-254 MRw 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 MSRs 0.00 50.00 45.00 40.00 Ingredients (%) BSRs OFSP 0.00 0.00 25.00 25.00 25.00 30.00 25.00 35.00 MRw= Maize Raw, MSRs = Maize Soaked and Roasted, BSRs= Bean Soaked and Roasted, OFSP= Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato 2.6. Preparation of Complementary Porridges A 100 grams of ingredients with different proportion were put and mixed together in three bowls: orange fleshed sweet potato, soaked and roasted maize, soaked and roasted bean flour and one bowl with raw maize flour only The ingredients in each bowl were mixed until they became uniform and sieved by similar sieve having aperture size of 1.00 mm Use about 2-3 coffee cups (250 ml) of boiled water in oven and add ingredient while starring it till it become semi soild One teaspoon (5g) of vegetable oil was added and cooked for 15 minutes then put out of the oven Finally, Iodized salt was added Immediately after cooking, the porridge samples were transferred to aluminium pans The samples were sealed in polyethylene bags and frozen at –4°C until freeze-dried for further analysis. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(4): 87-101 91 Complementary porridge coded Y-120 (100% maize flour (control)) Complementary porridge coded Y-168 (50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25 % OFSP flour Figure 3. Flow chart for the processing of bean flour  2.7. Sensory Evaluation and Nutrient Analysis Complementary porridge coded Y-175 (45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30 % OFSP flour Complementary porridge coded Y-254 (40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35 % OFSP flour 2.7.1. At the Laboratory Level Developed products were evaluated thrice for their sensory characteristics by a panel of 15 subjects. The panelists were randomly selected from students and staff of Hawassa University, School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology. Random selection was made from a list of candidates who were willing to take part in the sensory evaluation activity. Individuals who were apparently not healthy were, however, excluded. Sensory evaluation was done when the porridge attained the normal temperature at which it was normally consumed at household level. Porridge in identical glass bowls were coded in three digit numbers for the presentation to panels of judges. A glass of tap water was provided for panelists so that they rinse their mouths between samples. Panelists were instructed to score each porridge sample for appearance, color, flavor, taste, consistency/ mouth feel and overall acceptability using a nine point hedonic scale (9 like extremely, 8 = like very 92 Yibeltal Jemberu et al.: Formulation of Maize – Based Complementary Porridge Using Orange - Fleshed Sweet Potato and Bean Flour for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Kachabira Woreda, Southern Ethiopia much, 7= like moderately, 6 = like slightly, 5= neither like (Model DVI+) was used to measure the porridge viscosity nor dislike, 4= dislike slightly, 3= dislike moderately, 2 = (in centipoises, cps) using spindle number 4 at a shear rate of dislike very much and 1= dislike extremely) . 50 revolution per minute (rpm). 2.7.2. At community Level (Maternal Acceptability) Community level acceptability test of the four different samples of porridges was carried out by 50 mothers-child pairs who were randomly recruited from among mothers with a child 6-23 months. Each participant tested the three formulated complementary porridges as well as the control porridge once a day for three consecutive days. On a test day, each mother was given only two complementary porridge samples (100 g portion of each) to her child in the morning and the remaining two complementary porridges were tested in the afternoon session in the same manner. Mothers evaluated the porridges for color, appearance, flavor, taste, consistency/ mouth feel and overall acceptability using five-point hedonic scales, where 5 = like very much, 4 = like a little, 3 = neither like nor dislike, 2 = dislike a little and 1 = dislike very much . Three people were employed to interview the mothers and write their ratings for the sensory attributes. Mothers were instructed to test samples and rinse their mouths with water between samples to minimize any residual effect. 2.9. Statistical Analysis Data was analysed by the one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) model using the SPSS software program, version 16.0.0 for windows. Fisher’s Least Significance Difference (LSD) test was used to determine the significance of mean differences of scores for color, appearance, flavor, taste, consistency /mouth feel and overall acceptability. The level of statistical significance was set at p<0.05. The results were reported as an averaged value (mean ± standard deviation). 2.10. Ethical Consideration Ethical clearance was obtained from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Hawassa University. The purpose of the study was explained in detail to each study participant and individual consent was taken from the mothers and panelists who took part in the sensory evaluation of complementary porridges. 3. Results 2.7.3. Chemical Analysis of Complementary Porridges 3.1. Sensory Evaluation at Laboratory Level Nutrient contents of the four products were analyzed. All determinations were carried out in triplicate and all chemicals and reagents used in laboratory analysis were of analytical grade. Polyethylene bags were used for the collection and storage of the samples. Food samples were kept in refrigerators until analysis was done. These are crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, total ash and moisture were analysed using AOAC (2000)  and total carbohydrate by difference. Open column chromatography method was used to determine the values of β-carotene . 2.8. Viscosity Measurement of Complementary Porridges The porridges were prepared in glass beakers in a 20% (w/v) concentration. Cooked porridge was then placed in a water bath maintained at 40°C (the temperature at which viscosity measurement was taken). Brookfield Viscometer Mean sensory scores of complementary porridges produced from 100% maize flour (traditional maize porridge) and composite flours of maize-bean-OFSP at different proportions are shown in Table 2. Mean scores and standard deviations, on the nine-point hedonic scales, for the appearance of the four different samples ranged from 6.91±0.97 to 7.22±1.06 indicating that all of them were liked moderately. Likewise, the color, taste, consistency /mouth feel and overall acceptability were liked moderately for the four different samples of porridges. There was no significant difference (P > 0.05) for the sensory scores of appearance, color, taste, consistency/ mouth feel and overall acceptability among the four different samples of porridge. The mean sensory score for flavor of porridge sample Y-168 was, however, statistically higher as compared to the control maize based porridge (Y-120) at 5% level of significance. Table 2. Mean scores of sensory evaluation and overall acceptability of complementary porridges at laboratory level Sample code Y-120 (Control) Y-168 Y-175 Y-254 Appearance 7.09±1.18 a 7.22±1.06 a 6.91±0.97 a 7.13±0.92 a Color 7.11±1.57 a 7.20±1.16 a 6.96±1.00 a 7.42±1.12 a Flavor 6.47±1.44 b 7.13±1.34 a 7.04±1.04 ab 7.09±0.95 ab Taste 6.71±1.39 a 7.29±1.20 a 7.16±1.28 a 7.31±1.08 a Consistency/ mouth feel 7.07±1.25 a 7.38±1.03 a 7.04±1.13 a 7.13±0.89 a Overall Acceptability 7.18±1.05 a 7.38±1.05 a 7.18±1.03 a 7.24±0.98 a Y-120= 100% maize flour Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour Y- 254 = 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35 % OFSP flour Values within the same column with different superscript letters are significantly different from each other (at p< 0.05) International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(4): 87-101 93 3.2. Sensory Evaluation at the Community Level (Maternal Acceptability) Scores Maternal acceptability of the four samples of porridges were expressed as mean scores and standard deviations for the sensory attribute shown in Table 3. Mean scores and standard deviations, on the five-point hedonic scales, for the appearance, color, flavor, consistency/ mouth feel and overall acceptability of the four different samples of porridge ranged from 4.66 ± 0.48 to 4.82 ± 0.39 showing that all of them were liked very much. In addition, no significant differences (P >0.05) were observed in the mean sensory scores for appearance, color, flavor, consistency and overall acceptability among the four different samples of porridge. The taste of porridge sample Y-175, with sensory score of mean of 4.76 ±0.43, was most preferred (liked very much) by mothers. In contrast, the taste of porridge sample Y- 120 (100% maize) was least preferred with mean score of 4.48 ±0.54 by mothers. The mean score given by mothers for the taste of porridge sample Y-175 was found to be significantly higher (P<0.05) than the control porridge sample, Y-120 (100% maize). 3.3 Chemical Analysis 3.3.1. Proximate Composition of Ingredient Flour Samples Results on proximate composition of raw and processed (soaked for 24 hours and lightly roasted) maize flours are presented in Table 4. The moisture content of raw maize flour (MRw) was found to be 7.82% and this was significantly higher (p<0.05) than the moisture content value (6.45%) of maize flour prepared from maize grains that were soaked for 24- hours and slightly roasted (MSRs). Processed maize flour (MSRs) was recorded to have slightly higher value of crude protein (6.07%) compared to the observed. 6.00% protein value of raw maize flour (MRw), but the observed difference in protein content between the two samples of maize flours was not significant (p>0.05). The processed maize flour (MSRs) was found to have a lower value of crude fiber (2.17%) compared to the recorded crude fiber content (2.28%) of raw maize flour, but the difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05). However, the values of crude fat, ash and gross energy were all found to be significantly lower for processed maize flour than the raw. Table 3. Mean scores of maternal ratings of the sensory attributes of the complementary porridges Sample Code Y-120 (Control) Y-168 Y-175 Y-254 Appearance 4.76 ±0.43 a 4.76±0.48 a 4.74±0.49 a 4.74±0.44 a Colour 4.66 ±0.48 a 4.76 ±0.48 a 4.72 ±0.50 a 4.82 ±0.39 a Flavor 4.80±0.40 a 4.72±0.45 a 4.74±0.44 a 4.80±0.40 a Taste 4.48 ±0.54b 4.70 ±0.46 ab 4.76 ±0.43a 4.72±0.45 ab Consistency /mouth feel 4.74±0.44 a 4.76±0.43 a 4.78 ±0.42 a 4.78 ±0.46 a Overall Acceptability 4.74±0.44 a 4.72±0.45 a 4.74±0.44 a 4.82±0.39 a Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25%OFSP flour Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35%OFSP flour Values within the same column with different superscript letters are significantly different from each other (at p< 0.05) Table 4. Proximate composition of raw and processed maize flours Sample code MRw (control) MSRs Moisture (%) 7.82±0.00a 6.45±0.00b Crude Protein (%) 6.00 ±0.03a 6.07±0.83a Crude Fat (%) 4.28±0.00a 2.64±0.00b Ash (%) 1.31±0.00a 1.09±0.00b Crude Fiber (%) 2.28±0.00a 2.17±0.00a Total CHO (%) 80.60±0.01b 83.76±0.90a Energy (Kcal/100g) 384.86±0.03a 383.06±0.15b MRw=Maize Raw, MSRs =Maize Soaked and Roasted CHO= Carbohydrate Values within the same column with different superscript letters are sig nificantly different from each other (p< 0.05) Values are means± standard deviation Table 5. Proximate composition of bean and OFSP flours Sample code BSRs OFSP Moisture (%) 5.67± 0.00 7.37±0.00 Crude Protein (%) 20.62±0.13 4.62±0.09 Crude Fat (%) 2.15±0.00 1.51±0.00 Ash (%) 4.68±0.00 5.36±0.00 Crude fiber (%) 2.00±0.00 4.91±0.00 Total CHO (%) 66.87±0.16 81.15±0.04 BSRs= Bean Soaked and Roasted, OFSP= Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato CHO= Carbohydrate Values are means± standard deviations Energy (Kcal/100g) 369.34±0.00 356.66±0.06 94 Yibeltal Jemberu et al.: Formulation of Maize – Based Complementary Porridge Using Orange - Fleshed Sweet Potato and Bean Flour for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Kachabira Woreda, Southern Ethiopia Table 5 shows values of proximate compositions of bean and OFSP flours. The values of crude protein, crude fat and total carbohydrate for bean flour (BSRs) were recorded to be 20.62%, 2.15% and 66.87% respectively. The crude protein content of OFSP was observed to be 4.62%, while its values for crude fat, crude fiber and total carbohydrate were 1.51%, 4.91% and 81.15% respectively. 3.3.2. Vitamin A contents of Ingredient Flour Samples Shown in Table 6 are values of vitamin A contents of the four different samples of flours. A conversion factor of 13μg of β-carotene: 1μg of Retinol Activity Equivalent (RAE) was used for the present study . The value of vitamin A contents of maize flours (MRw and MSRs) and bean flour (BSRs) was observed to be zero. The value of vitamin A for OFSP flour was reported to be 888.01 RAE/100g. Table 6. Vitamin A contents 1 (μg RAE/ 100g) of ingredients flours Sample code MRw (control) MSRs BSRs OFSP Vitamin A (μg RAE/100g) 0.00 0.00 0.00 888.01±0.09 13μg of β-carotene: is equivalent to 1μg of RAE  RAE= Retinol Activity Equivalent MRw=Maize Raw, MSRs =Maize Soaked and Roasted, BSRs=Bean Soaked and Roasted, OFSP= Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato Values are means± standard deviations 3.3.3. Proximate Composition of Complementary Por Ridges Results proximate compositions of the different samples of complementary porridges (on the dry-weight basis) are presented in Table 7. The control porridge (Y-120) was observed to have a significantly (P<0.05) higher moisture content compared to the three porridge samples in which OFSP and bean flours were incorporated (Y-168, Y-175 and Y- 254). All the three formulated porridge samples were found to have a significantly higher values of crude protein than the control (P<0.05). As the proportion of supplemented OFSP flour increased in the order of 25%, 30% and 35% for porridge samples Y-168, Y-175 and Y-254, a significantly (p<0.05) decreasing trend in the values of crude protein was noted as 8.92%, 8.64% and 8.36% respectively. The values for crude fat of formulated porridge samples, except Y-254, were significantly higher than the control (p<0.05). Values for crude fiber was significantly higher in all formulated porridges than the control (p<0.05). In contrast, the total carbohydrate content of the control porridge sample was observed to be significantly higher that all formulated porridge samples (p<0.05). No significant difference was noted in the gross energy (Kcal/100g) provided by all the four samples of porridge (p>0.05). 3.3.4. Percentage in Contribution of Crude Protein, Crude Fat and Total CHO from the gross Energy of Complementary Porridges on Dry – Weight Basis The contribution (as %) of crude protein, crude fat and total carbohydrate (CHO) from the gross energy of the control and formulated porridges are presented in Table 8 and figure 4. The percentage of gross energy (6.23%) provided from protein was significantly lower for the control than the percentages from formulated porridges (p< 0.05). Sample coded Y- 168 was found to provide the highest percentage of energy from protein (p<0.05). The contribution of gross energy (as %) from fat ranged from 9.61% to 11.12% for porridge samples coded Y-254 and Y-168 respectively. Percentage contribution of total carbohydrate as a source of gross energy was significantly higher for the control than formulated samples of porridges (p<0.05). Table 7. Proximate composition complementary porridges on dry – weight basis Sample Code Y-120(Control) Y-168 Y-175 Y-254 Moisture (%) 7.83±0.04a 6.91±0.01b 6.34±0.03c 5.71±0.07d Crude Protein (%) 6.00±0.05d 8.92±0.05a 8.64±0.00b 8.36±0.00c Crude Fat (%) 4.29±0.01c 4.74±0.09a 4.46±0.03b 4.10±0.01d Ash (%) 1.33±0.08d 3.03±0.01c 3.20±0.01b 3.44±0.01a Crude fiber (%) 2.33±0.08b 3.09± 0.29a 3.15±0.22a 3.28±0.25a Total CHO (%) 80.55±0.01a 76.39±0.05d 77.35±0.01c 78.3±0.12b Energy (Kcal/100g) 384.80±0.28a 383.96±0.46a 384.12±0.22a 383.91±0.31a Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour Values within the same column with different superscript letters are significantly different from each other (p < 0.05) Values are means ± standard deviations Table 8. Percentage in contribution of crude protein, crude fat and total CHO from the gross energy of complementary porridges on dry – weight basis Sample code Y-120(Control) Y-168 Y-175 Y-254 Crude protein (%) 6.23±0.05d 9.30±0.06a 9.00±0.01b 8.77±0.08c Crude fat (%) 10.03±0.03c 11.12±0.20a 10.45±0.06b 9.61±0.03d Total CHO (%) 83.73±0.07a 79.58±0.14d 80.55±0.05c 81.62±0.06b Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour Values within the same column with different superscript letters are significantly different from each other at ( p< 0.05) International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(4): 87-101 95 3.3.5. Moisture (%) and Energy Density (Kcal/g) of Complementary Porridges on Wet – Weight Basis The values of moisture (%) and energy density (Kcal/g) of porridges on wet-weight basis are presented in Table 9. The result showed that the control porridge had significantly highest moisture and energy density values compared to all the formulated porridges (p<0.05). Table 9. Moisture (%) and energy density (Kcal/g) of com plementary porridges on wet – weight basis Sample code Y-120(Control) Y-168 Y-175 Y-254 Moisture (%) wet weight 78.88±0.00b 79.55±0.00a 80.18±0.00a 79.98±0.00a Energy density (Kcal/g) wet weight) 0.88±0.01a 0.84±0.00b 0.81±0.00b 0.84±0.03b Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour Values within the same column with different superscript letters are significantly different from each other (at p< 0.05) Values are means ± standard deviations 3.3.6. Vitamin A Contents of Complementary Porridges Results on the vitamin A contents of porridges (as served) are presented in Figure 5. All the values are expressed as Retinol Activity Equivalent (RAE) per 100 g of the samples. The vitamin A content of the control porridge was recorded to be 0.00 RAE/100g. The values of vitamin A (RAE/100g) were observed to be 25.8, 60.2 and 71.4 for porridges in which 25%, 30% and 35% OFSP flour (on dry weight) basis was incorporated respectively. Values of the three formulated porridges were also observed to be significantly different from each other. 3.3.7. Vitamin A Density (μg RAE3/100 Kcal) of Complementary Porridges on Wet – Weight Basis Figure 6 provides information of the vitamin A density values (μg RAE/100 Kcal) as the porridges were served. The calculated values (μg RAE/100 Kcal) of vitamin A densities were in the range of 30.45-85.52 for OFSP incorporated porridges. In contrast, the control porridge was found to have a 0.00 value of vitamin A density. 3.3.8. Viscosity of Cooked Complementary Porridges at 20% Dry Matter Concentration Results on the viscosity of porridges at 20% dry matter concentration are presented in Table 10. The observed values of viscosities were below 3000 cps (Centipoises) for the three formulated porridges, except for the control porridge (Y-120). Among the four porridge samples a significantly (p<0.05) highest viscosity value (3797 cps) was observed for the control. Within the three formulated porridges, the values of viscosities significantly decreased as the proportion of OFSP increased in the order of 25%, 30% and 35% for the formulated porridges coded Y-168, Y- 175 and Y-254 respectively (p<0.05). Table 10. Viscosity of cooked complementary porridges Sample code S 120 (Control) S.168 S 175 S 254 Viscosity (cps) 3797.00±49.50a 2395.00±46.67b 2213.00±50.91c 2038.50±47.38d Viscosity measured at 20% (w/v) with Brookfield (Model DVI+) viscoseter at 50 rpm, 40°C. Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour Values within the same column with different superscript letters are signifycantly different from each other (at p< 0.05) Values are means± standard deviations Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour, CHO= Carbohydrate Figure 4. Percentage (%) in the contrition of protein, fat and CHO from the gross energy of complementary porridges on dry – weight basis 96 Yibeltal Jemberu et al.: Formulation of Maize – Based Complementary Porridge Using Orange - Fleshed Sweet Potato and Bean Flour for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Kachabira Woreda, Southern Ethiopia Figure 5. Vitamin A contents (μg RAE/ 100g) of complementary porridges on wet – weight basis 1Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour 13μg of β-carotene is equivalent to 1μg of Retinol Activity Equivalent (RAE)  Figure 6. Vitamin A density2 (μg RAE3/100 Kcal) of complementary porridges onwet – weight basis 1Y-120= 100% maize flour, Y-168= 50% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 25% OFSP flour, Y-175= 45% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 30% OFSP flour, Y-254= 40% maize flour; 25% bean flour; 35% OFSP flour 13μg of β-carotene is equivalent to 1μg of Retinol Activity Equivalent (RAE)  4. Discussions 4.1. Sensory Evaluation by Panellists and Mothers Improvement in the dietary quality rather than quantity was indicated to be the key aspect of complementary foods for children 6-24 months old . It is impossible to offer a blended complementary food unless it is acceptable to both the mother and the child. Organoleptic (taste, odor, texture, appearance), economic and cultural acceptability are all important in this regard. Sensory qualities of complementary food formulations corresponding to food preferences of infants are of the highest importance apart from sufficient energy density and nutrients that the complementary foods should provide . Sensory evaluation is easy in its principle but its implementation in the field is often complicated because of low literacy among the rural mothers and the difficulty for them to understand some sensory testing methods [28, 27]. Sensory evaluation for the present study, therefore, was done on two different groups of panellists. These were namely panellists from Hawassa University, School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology on one hand and mothers with children 6-23 months of age on the other hand. Formulated porridges were accepted by both groups of panellists and no single product was rejected (Table 2 and 3). Similarly another finding indicated that different formulations of gruels prepared from composite flour of Quality Protein Maize (QPM), bean and OFSP were all accepted by panelists . The current findings were also in agreement with a study in which incorporating OFSP flour at 20%, 40% and 60% proportions to maize-soya bean flour (4:1) for formulating
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