Malnutrition Solution Through Social Entrepreneurship

THE PROBLEM

A key to the ultimate success of social entrepreneurship is the creation of an innovative new technology for solving an existing global problem. As the lack of proper nutrition has become epidemic in both industrialized and developing countries, the supplementation of essential nutrients has become a critical strategy for protecting health.

The problem is that although there have been major relief efforts for decades now focusing on alleviating starvation and hunger, new evidence shows that this strategy is doing little to reduce the growing incidence of malnutrition in third-world countries.

New research is also indicating that only 1% of the population are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for proper nutrition and health.

Until recently, synthetically made vitamins and inorganic minerals have provided the only source for standardized levels of these essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins are made from coal tar or petroleum; and due to their low cost they are the primary choice of manufacturers of both nutritional supplements and enriched foods. Inorganic minerals, either mined or by-products of a chemical process, also provide an inexpensive source for supplementation, but do not have the solubility of minerals found in food.

Fruits and vegetables make vitamins in their tissues and then bond them to various minerals, fats, polysaccharides, amino acids and other vital Phytochemicals to create what is called a food matrix. Minerals become more soluble in food and this matrix of nutrients provides the co-factors required by the body for the proper absorption and utilization of all essential nutrients. It has become clear that the human body was designed to obtain its nutritional requirements from food. Continue reading “Malnutrition Solution Through Social Entrepreneurship” »