Because of soybean supplementation, children suffering from acute malnutrition began gaining weight in their cheeks.
Malnutrition is a key factor that contributes to high infant and maternal mortality rates in Afghanistan. Malnutrition is synonymous with protein deficiency. Soybeans are a rich source of protein containing nine essential amino acids. Soybeans are ideal for human nutrition and are cost effective as a farming product.
Since NEI first introduced soybeans to Afghanistan, we have made three key observations suggesting that malnutrition can be eradicated:
Twenty-two Afghan provinces are now growing soybeans. Afghan women are making soy naan by substituting 10% soy flour to the traditional naan recipe. Soy naan doubles the protein absorption rate.