Nutrition studies continue to investigate the benefits of whey in ready-to-use supplementary foods for treating moderate malnutrition in children, pregnant women and young women of reproductive age in general.
Research has shown that animal-sourced nutrients such as milk are essential to ensure normal growth and development in malnourished children. But, in some regions, milk is either too expensive or not available for local families to buy. Supplementation of everyday food products with whey ingredients can help bring dairy nutrition within reach.
Due to its content of essential amino acids, whey has a very high quality compared to other protein sources. Studies indicate that whey ingredients contribute to gastrointestinal health, immune health, cognitive development and performance, and allergy treatment and prevention.
- Preliminary study to determine the taste acceptability and physical tolerance of whey-containing RUSF compared to an existing formulation with soya.
- Clinical study of 2,200 children with moderately acute malnutrition in Malawi to investigate the effectiveness of dairy nutrients in RUSF.
- Clinical study of 1,800 malnourished pregnant women in Malawi to investigate the potential benefits of dietary supplementation with whey ingredients
- Study of malnourished piglet model to determine the effect of dietary supplementation with whey permeate during refeeding
- Study of the beneficial effect of a milk fat globule membrane (MFGM)-enriched protein fraction on infant diarrhoea
- Review of human and pig studies of lactose effects in the treatment of undernourished children