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Acceptability of 12 fortified balanced energy protein supplements - Insights from Burkina Faso.

  • Jones, Leslie1
  • de Kok, Brenda2
  • Moore, Katie1
  • de Pee, Saskia3, 4, 5
  • Bedford, Juliet1
  • Vanslambrouck, Katrien2
  • Toe, Laeticia Celine2, 6
  • Lachat, Carl2
  • De Cock, Nathalie2
  • Ouédraogo, Moctar7
  • Ganaba, Rasmané7
  • Kolsteren, Patrick2
  • Isanaka, Sheila8
  • 1 Anthrologica, Oxford, UK.
  • 2 Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 3 Applying Evidence for Nutrition (AE4N), Wassenaar, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 4 Nutrition Division, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 5 Division of Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 6 Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS), Unité de nutrition et maladies métaboliques, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 7 AFRICSanté, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. , (Burkina Faso)
  • 8 Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Published Article
Maternal & child nutrition
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
DOI: 10.1111/mcn.13067
PMID: 32757351


Poor maternal nutrition contributes to poor birth outcomes, including low birth weight and small for gestational age births. Fortified balanced energy protein (BEP) supplements may be beneficial, although evidence is limited. This mixed method study, conducted among pregnant women in Burkina Faso, is part of a larger clinical trial that seeks to understand the impact of fortified BEP supplements on pregnancy outcomes and child growth. The formative research reported here, a single-meal rapid assessment of 12 product formulations, sought to understand product preferences for provision of BEP supplements and contextual factors that might affect product acceptability and use. Results indicate a preference for products perceived as sweet rather than salty/savoury and for products perceived as familiar, as well as a sensitivity to product odours. Women expressed a willingness and intention to use the products even if they did not like them, because of the health benefits for their babies. Data also indicate that household food sharing practices may impact supplement use, although most women denied any intention to share the products. Sharing behaviour should therefore be monitored, and strategies to avoid sharing should be developed during the succeeding parts of the research. © 2020 The Authors. Maternal & Child Nutrition published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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