FNRI launches e-nutribun with carrots

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

April 28, 2021, 6:37 pm

<p>e-nutribun with carrots (<em>Screenshot during the virtual launch on Wednesday (April 28, 2021</em>)</p>

e-nutribun with carrots (Screenshot during the virtual launch on Wednesday (April 28, 2021)

MANILA – The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) officially launched on Wednesday the enhanced nutribun (e-nutribun) with carrots.

At the virtual launch, FNRI Director Imelda Agdeppa said this was an answer to the challenges on the limited supply and higher prices of squash in-between harvest season. The FNRI launched the e-nutribun with squash last year.

Aside from being widely available in the country, Agdeppa also mentioned the health benefits of carrot.

"As a nutritionist, I know that carrot is like squash and other colored vegetables that contain beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, when ingested, will be metabolized into Vitamin A that helps keep the eyes healthy," she said.

Agdeppa added that carrots also contain nutrients that guard the bodies against free radicals, which she said are among the causes of infection.

The new e-nutribun has natural fiber, and has no artificial flavor and color, according to the FNRI. Each bun weighs approximately 160 grams, which is the recommended amount for one serving.

One serving of e-nutribun with carrots contains 500 kilocalories, 18 grams of protein, 6 milligrams of iron and 350 micrograms of Vitamin A.

When packed in polyethylene plastic, the e-nutribun can last up to five days at room temperature.

"It provides energy, protein, vitamin A, iron, calcium, potassium, and zinc in significant quantities recommended for young children. It has zero trans-fatty acids and has no cholesterol," the FNRI said.

Meanwhile, the FNRI urges possible adoptors to try the e-nutribun with carrots and help make this available to more people across the country. (PNA