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Fight Blindness With Peanut Butter

posted on May 9, 2003

Fight blindness … with peanut butter?

University of Georgia food scientists have found a way to fortify peanut butter with vitamin A, saying the enriched sandwich spread could help curb 500,000 cases of childhood blindness around the world.

While vitamin A deficiency is not a problem in the U.S., where many children take vitamins, scientists say it's a major concern for children in countries like the Philippines – where 35% of all school-age children show signs of a vitamin A deficiency.

It took about three years to create a formulation with the look and taste the kids expect from the popular spread. The U.S. researchers are working with a food company in the Philippines, to get the fortified peanut butter into schools.

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