Development and analysis of multi-nut spread for children aged between 7-9 years
Damanjeet Kaur, Aniqah Maruf
Nuts are super foods which are a good source of energy, protein, omega fatty acids, calcium and phosphorus which are crucial for the normal growth and development of growing children. Children from high income groups are also suffering from malnourishment due to poor food habits and picky eating. A market survey was carried out to identify the ready to eat sweet spreads available in the market, which revealed that the available products were high in sugars and fats; therefore a nutritious multi-nut spread was developed using peanuts, walnuts, sesame seeds and flax seeds. Sensory evaluation of the products developed was performed using 9-point Hedonic Scale. The most acceptable product was analysed for physical and chemical parameters like moisture, ash, protein, fat, carbohydrate, calcium, phosphorous, tannin, omega fat ratio. The results showed that the developed multi nut spread provided the optimum nutrients required by children as compared to those available in the market.