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University of Ghana Research Says Feeding Children Gari And Beans 3x A Week Will Help Them Gain Weight



A University of Ghana research to determine the serum vitamin A and nutritional status of children fed with gari and beans stew has found it can improve stunting among children.

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The research which was carried out over a 6 month period, collected information on socio-demographics and vitamin A-rich foods in the Kodzobi community located in the Adaklu-Anyigbe district in the Volta Region of Ghana.

About 142 school children aged 6 to 12 years were studied for the research. After taking the children’s information, the chemical composition of the gari and beans stew was assessed before the children were fed with it and data were collected before and after that.

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The research found that vitamin A deficiency (VAD) was common among the children. However, the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency among the children reduced from 95.1% to 77.5% after they were fed with the gari and beans stew 3 times a week.

According to the research finding: “the improvement in stunting among the participants may be attributed largely to the gari and beans stew they were fed.

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The combination of gari and beans and fat was a potent tool in generating the required nutrients for growth.

The research, therefore, concluded among others that consumption of gari and beans stew prepared with red palm oil three times per week is recommended among children to improve vitamin A status.