Preferred Delivery Method and Acceptability of Wheat-Soy Blend (WSB++) as a Daily Complementary Food Supplement in Northwest Bangladesh

Abu Ahmed Shamim, Abu A.M. Hanif, Rebecca D. Merrill, Rebecca K. Campbell, Mehnaz Alam Kumkum, Saijuddin Shaikh, Saskia de Pee, Tahmeed Ahmed, Monira Parveen, Sucheta Mehra, Rolf D.W. Klemm, Alain B. Labrique, Keith P. West, Parul Christian

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Abstract

Fortified blended foods (FBFs) are widely used to prevent undernutrition in early childhood in food-insecure settings. We field tested enhanced Wheat Soy Blend (WSB++)—a FBF fortified with micronutrients, milk powder, sugar, and oil—in preparation for a complementary food supplement (CFS) trial in rural northwestern Bangladesh. Formative work was conducted to determine the optimal delivery method (cooked vs. not) for this CFS, to examine mothers’ child feeding practices with and acceptance of the WSB++, and to identify potential barriers to adherence. Our results suggest WSB++ is an acceptable CFS in rural Bangladesh and the requirement for mothers to cook WSB++ at home is unlikely to be a barrier to its daily use as a CFS in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-92
Number of pages19
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • children
  • complementary feeding
  • supplements
  • wheat-soy blend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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