More than 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year from acute diarrhea.* MannaPackPotato-D is specifically formulated as a “first food” to complement oral rehydration therapy and assist in rehabilitation from diarrhea. Each meal features the following nutrients to specifically address the issue of diarrhea:
What it does - Resistant starches are components of food that act as pre-biotics to help normalize gut bacteria and produce short-chain fatty acid that stimulate and maintain the intestinal surface so that it can continue to absorb nutrients properly and reduce diarrhea.
What it does - Soluble fibers help to relieve the symptoms of diarrhea, such as stool frequency, by binding up water and making the stool more firm and slower to pass. Other fibers can also be important to help in stimulating and maintaining the intestinal surface.
What it does - Protein is important to stimulate and maintain the intestinal surface and keep the gut healthy.
What it does - Vitamin A assists in maintaining immune function. The death rate for children with acute diarrhea is twice as high if vitamin A is deficient. Even mild deficiency is associated with diarrhea.
What it does - Zinc is often lost in diarrhea and a person can become deficient. Zinc deficiency is associated with weight loss, impaired growth in children, immune function problems, and diarrhea. Zinc supplementation can reduce problems with diarrhea.
In addition, the following nutrients are commonly deficient in populations with malnutrition. These nutrients have been added to address these deficiencies:
Folic Acid - prevents certain types of anemia
Iron - prevents iron deficiency and anemia
Iodine - prevents goiter and supports normal thyroid function
*Unicef, May 2008.
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