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BYU researchers helping children with tortillas

BYU researchers helping children with tortillas



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BYU researchers have found a way to help kids in Central America by making a better tortilla.

Large numbers of Mexican children have stunted growth and other physical problems, largely because they don't get enough vitamins and minerals in their diets.

So, BYU food scientist Michael Dunn spent the past several years working on ways to fortify traditional corn tortillas made in mom-and-pop mills all over Mexico.

"The tortilla makes up such a substantial part of the diet of the people that are really in need in that country," Dunn said.

He says it took a long time to find a formula that would not change the color or taste of the tortilla. But now that he has, a group called "Sustain" is raising money to get the formula spread throughout Central America.

For more information on the project, CLICK HERE.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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