Evaluating Moringa Oleifera as a Nutritious and Acceptable Food Fortificant
Abstract, Current Developments in Nutrition, 2019
Moringa oleifera is an edible tropical plant with the potential to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies in low and middle income nations. This study addresses two barriers for the consumption of M. oleifera leaves: (1) inconsistencies between the actual nutritional value and common nutritional claims and (2) its bitterness. It was hypothesized that the reduction of bitterness in M. oleifera-fortified foods would increase their acceptability.
M. oleifera's nutritional content is lower than that asserted by common nutritional claims, but its abundance in food insecure regions and wide range of nutrients maintain its potential as a nutritious food source for populations low and middle income nations. It is recommended that M. oleifera-fortified food products include a sweet excipient to reduce bitterness to increase acceptability.