UC Davis Gets Grant To Attack Global Malnutrition

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Researchers hope to develop a peanut butter-like dietary supplement for children and women in developing countries. 

UC Davis nutrition professor Kathryn Dewey is leading the project. 

“It’s made from vegetable oil, in most cases peanut butter, some milk powder and a little bit of flavor, some sugar and then the vitamins and minerals which are an essential part of the product.” 

Dewey says the product could be made from locally-produced foods in impoverished nations. She says more than 3 million children die around the world each year because of malnutrition. 

UC Davis will lead an international network of researchers in France, Ghana and three other countries.