Child nutrition and Project SPAMMY in Guatemala
July 7, 2017
The National Provisoner
SPAMMY fortified poultry spread was designed by Hormel Foods and named after the company’s iconic SPAM family of products. It was created to help address malnutrition in children.
Based on findings from earlier nutritional research conducted by Hormel Foods, the SPAMMY product was tailored to meet the specific micronutrient needs of children in Guatemala. The product is used as an ingredient and blends easily into customary diets. As part of a public/private partnership between the USDA’s McGovern-Dole program and Hormel Foods, the latest research demonstrated the benefits of supplementing traditional diets with micronutrients and high-quality protein.
During the trial, more than 160 preschool-age children in Guatemala ate either a fortified or unfortified version of the SPAMMY product on school days over a 20-week period. Both versions were identical in protein, calories and fat. The fortified version contained several added micronutrients, such as vitamins D and B12, which Guatemalan children are often deficient.