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Int J Phytocos Nat Ingred. 2021;8(1): 8.
doi: 10.15171/ijpni.2021.08
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Original Research

Acceptability and nutritional value of three different formulas made from a mix of oatmeal flour, amaranth (Amaranthus spp), and Ramón seed (Brosimum alicastrum)

Josselynne Andrea Estrada Cortéz 1* ORCID logo, Juan Roberto Mendoza Silvestre 2

1 Facultad de Biología, Química y Farmacia, Universidad Galileo, Guatemala
2 Secretaria de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional, Guatemala
*Correspondence to Josselynne Andrea Estrada Cortéz, Email:


Background: Adequate, balanced, and varied feeding is very important for the human body because
it helps normal growth and development. In Latin America, Guatemala ranks first in the prevalence of chronic malnutrition in children under the age of five and ranks sixth globally. There are various studies on plant mixtures combining two or more incomplete proteins, causing these proteins to complete each other and thus providing all the essential amino acids needed for the human body.

Materials and Methods: Three formulations were developed, each with different amounts of oatmeal, amaranth, and Ramón seed to assess the acceptability of the population and evaluate its nutritional content. Nutritional information should indicate its content of calories, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber.

Results: The formulation with code 9357 (25% Ramon seed flour, 50% oatmeal, and 25% amaranth flour) obtained the highest acceptability, in addition, it obtained a rating greater than 4.0 in smell, taste, color, and texture. The results of the Friedman test show that there is a statistically significant difference between the pancake samples regarding color, smell, taste, and texture (P<0.05). In addition, the sample with code 9357 provides a higher protein and calorie content.

Conclusions: The results confirmed the good quality of the flour mixtures and their nutritional content. It was also shown to have high acceptability on the part of the population so it is a product that could be used in the feeding of children because it has better protein and caloric contribution, in addition, it is a good alternative to prevent child malnutrition.

Keywords: Oatmeal, Amaranth, Ramón seed, Malnutrition
Please cite this paper as: Estrada Cortéz JA, Mendoza Silvestre JR. Acceptability and nutritional value of three different formulas made from a mix of oatmeal flour, amaranth (Amaranthus spp), and Ramón seed (Brosimum alicastrum). Int J Phytocos Nat Ingred. 2021;8:8. doi:10.15171/ijpni.2021.08.
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