Monday, August 08, 2005

Sometimes you feel like a Plumpy'nut...

This is a good idea:
Plumpy'nut, which comes in a silvery foil package the size of two grasping baby-size hands, is 500 calories of fortified peanut butter, a beige paste about as thick as mashed potatoes and stuffed with milk, vitamins and minerals. But that is akin to calling a 1945 Mouton Rothschild fortified grape juice. ... The prescription given to mothers here is simple: give one baby two packets of Plumpy'nut each day. Watch him wolf them down. Wait for him to grow. Which he will, almost immediately: badly malnourished babies can gain one to two pounds a week eating Plumpy'nut.
But who came up with "Plumpy'nut"? I don't even want to think about how it is pronounced in French.


Anonymous battlepanda said...

I forgot where I read this (hopefully not in a Dave Barry column), but the cheapest way to feed yourself and stay alive and healthy for an extended amount of time is white bread and peanut butter sandwiches. The white bread is cheaper than wholewheat and fortified nowdays with vitamins. The peanut butter takes care of calories and protein.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

Very interesting. I wonder how it tastes? It probably doesn't taste good enough to compete with other food sources, which is actually a good thing. For then there is less incentive to divert it away from starving children toward government officials because there is less market to re-sell it than there is for grain or milk. Countering corruption by making disgusting food! How sick...

6:33 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

My sister once claimed that the cheapest way to stay alive was eating a bean paste, or something similarly disgusting. She, by the way, loves peanut butter and consumes disturbing quantities of it.

8:53 PM  

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