Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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FARFAN, Jaime Amaya. Alternative foods: a critical analysis of a proposal for nutritional intervention. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, n.1, pp. 205-212. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000100030.
The nationwide use of a "Multimixture," a formula based on alternative foods such as rice and/or wheat bran, sesame and squash seeds, cassava, beet and carrot leaves, several indigenous leafy vegetables, and ground egg shells has been proposed by the National Institute of Food and Nutrition (INAN) as an official solution to fight hunger among poor Brazilians. The fragile nutritional state of the target population may make technical or ethical questions appear purely academic, yet nutritional, toxicological, and practical feasibility considerations appear to warrant a revision of the INAN proposal. While the Multimixture approach may prove valid as a temporary solution in cases of extreme poverty, it is not universally applicable for the intended use, failing to take into account the age and nutritional status of the subjects or duration of the intervention.
Keywords : Feed; Nutrition; Food Policy; Supplementary Feeding.