Many families around the world struggle to provide their children with nutritious food, especially in India. Forty-four percent of children under the age of 5 are malnourished in India—more than any other country.
Since rice is a staple food in both India and around the world, Abbott is partnering with PATH to produce a new blend of rice known as “Ultra Rice.” Ultra Rice® looks like rice, smells like rice and tastes like rice. But each grain is packed with vitamins and minerals.
Packed With Nutrients
When these nutritional granules are blended with milled rice, usually at a 1:100 ratio, the resulting product is nearly identical to traditional rice ‒ but much more nutritious. Abbott nutrition scientists are working with PATH to improve its Ultra Rice fortification technology in ways that reduce costs while improving nutritional value, ease of manufacturing, stability and taste.
“It’s one thing to pack nutrients into rice. But you have to do it in a way that the consumer is going to accept,” said Dan Schmitz, director of Analytical Research at Abbott Nutrition.
Enhancing a daily staple with nutrients so that it still looks, cooks and tastes like rice – and keeping it affordable – is a considerable challenge. By combining the nutrition expertise of Abbott and PATH, the partnership aims to introduce a new formulation of Ultra Rice that will effectively deliver nutrients to help address malnutrition.
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