Sensory Acceptability of Sorghum Peanut Blend (SPB) and Corn Soy Blend Plus (CSB+) By Young Children With Moderate Acute Malnutrition in Karamoja, Uganda

Andrew Kiri Amegovu, Patrick Ogwok, Sophie Ochola, Peter Yiga, Juliet Hatoho Musalima, Juliana Mandha


Sorghum peanut blend (SPB) and corn soy blend plus (CSB+) are highly nutritious supplementary food products. SPB is formulated using local food items while CSB+ is a traditional product donated by World Food Programme to malnourished children in Uganda. The acceptability of SPB and CSB+ among children and caretakers was studied in northeastern Uganda. A 5-point hedonic scale was used to evaluate the caretakers’ sensory preferences for the two supplementary diets. A four-day central tasting, two weeks home use trial, and exit interviews were carried out. Sensory attributes of both food supplements had a rank of > 4. Taste varied (P < 0.05) with the food type. CSB+ had a higher (P < 0.05) taste score than SPB. Other attributes were not statistically different. During central tasting, about 100% of the served porridge was consumed by the children. Feeding duration of 300 mL of porridge was 8.14 min for CSB+ and 8.24 min for SPB. Over the two weeks home use trial, 98.4% of SPB and 98.1% of CSB+ of the provided rations were consumed. The quantities of food consumed were above the recommended acceptability level of ? 75%. Reported allergic and intolerance cases were below the 10% threshold. Both food supplements were found to be acceptable to children.


corn soy blend plus (CSB+), sorghum peanut blend (SPB), acceptability

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Journal of Food Research   ISSN 1927-0887(Print)   ISSN 1927-0895(Online)

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