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Transcript of Veganut
What is Veganut?
Veganut is a RTUF (ready to
use food) similar to Plumpy'nut
that appeals to malnourished vegans in places where vegan super food options are very limited.
Veganut is made of:
1 Tbsp Soy milk powder (Vegan alternative to powdered skim milk)
2 Tbsp Peanut butter
16 G Sugar
1/8 C vegetable oil/fat
Why these ingredients?
The human body requires four major macromolecules: Lipids (fats/oils), Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Nucleic acids (not part of nutrition). These ingredients provide excellent sources of Proteins, Lipids, and Carbohydrates, which support the body
A protein is a macromolecule that the body uses for transport, support, muscle development and for enzymes which speed up reactions in the body. Proteins can be found all over the body but primarily in muscle. Proteins are nutritional necessities, so for our super food we included peanut butter, which is protein rich. Other examples include Meats, other nuts, milk and Amino acids which is the macromolecules monomer.
Enzymes are proteins that facilitate chemical reactions in the body vital for life processes. Some allow a specific large molecule to "latch on" to them, then put stress on the bond to break it and create two smaller molecules. Others allow two smaller molecules to "latch on" and put them in a good position for a bond to form so that they become a larger molecules. Enzymes are eusable, but are specific to one certain reaction.
Lipids (fats) are macromolecules that the body uses for long term energy storage. Fats are extremely important for fighting malnutrition because of their long term energy storage function. Like the monomer of lipids (fatty acids), the vegetable oil/fat that we place in Veganut supplies the user with a large amount of lipids to maintain good health. Lipids are mostly found in body fat
About Nucleic acids
Although important to the body nucleic acids don't directly fight malnutrition but instead mostly contribute to your body's DNA. Food like fruits and vegetables normally supply these macromolecules in high quantities.
Regular plumpy'nut costs $60 per 150 packets. Considering the changes to the recipe that would make Veganut vegan, Veganut would only cost around $70 per 150 packets, a small increase to pay for the vegan benefits.
Veganut and the digestive system
Veganut is specially designed to help the body help itself. By using all natural ingredients, the digestive system doesn't need to use extra energy to digest all of the man made preservatives and other chemicals that don't add any nutritional value, allowing the body to use as much of the energy as possible.
Carbohydrates are used by the body primarily as energy. Found virtually everywhere in the body in many forms including its monomer, monosaccharides. For Veganut we just simply included sugar along with the other ingredients that contain some form of carbohydrates to insure the superfood has the required carb.s included.Other examples of carbohydrates we could have used include whites like pasta, bread, etc.)