¡Chispuditos, la chispa que los niños y niñas necesitan para crecer más sanos!
Many times we consume a food for its attractive taste or because it is what we have readily available, without taking into account the impact it will have on our health.
This is important at all ages, but in the critically developmental age 0-5, poor nutrition can have a negative impact on life.
The importance of nutrition in the development of a country is fundamental, many studies show a direct impact that the improvement of nutritional status has on the potential for growth and development of the human being .
There are 2 types of malnutrition that are frequently mentioned: acute and chronic malnutrition, but what is the difference? Could their cause be the same?
For practical purposes we are going to focus on detailing the factors that we can influence in the simpler way, in this case the use of a fortified food - Chispuditos- that was designed to address the most common nutritional or micronutrient deficiencies in our country.
Chispuditos has been studied for more than 10 years and has been shown to significantly impact proper growth and development, as well as the frequency of disease and anemia .
Can we address this problem by providing a balanced diet?
To answer these questions, we must take into consideration daily diet and eating habits. Corn is the basis of the Guatemalan diet, contributing up to 60% of the calories in the diets of some families . Corn is part of our ancestral culture. If it is not properly combined with other foods, there can be crucial micronutrient deficiencies during the development stage.
Eating habits also play an important role, since many times we consume foods high in sugar, for example, and low in nutrients due to complacency or distraction, without taking into account the nutritional aspect; filling a physical and perhaps emotional void and leaving biological needs in the background
Finally, humanitarian aid frequently seeks to prevent malnutrition by providing large amounts of staple foods such as rice, corn, and beans . To deduce that this will prevent malnutrition is false . These foods provide calories to keep the body alive, but they do not necessarily provide the nutrition to ensure an adequate future for our country's most precious resource: childhood.