Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs) – also called Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements or LNS – are highly fortified, oil-based nutrient dense pastes specifically designed for the treatment of malnutrition. They are made from varying combinations of grains, pulses and seeds, milk powder, sugar, oil, vitamins and minerals. They are pre-cooked and ready-to-eat straight from the pack. As they are oil-based, bacteria cannot grow in RUFs which can be stored safely for two years without the need for refrigeration. In a resource poor setting, these products are literally life-savers!
Ready-to-use foods fall into three main categories:
- Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) – to treat severe acute malnutrition in children and adults.
- Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) – to treat moderate acute malnutrition in children and adults.
- Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF) – to prevent chronic malnutrition among young children (over 6 months to 24 months of age).
Note: Breastfeeding is recommended until at least 24 months (exclusive up to 6 months). All VALID Nutrition products are only for children over 6 months.
Dr Steve Collins gives a hugely informative and enlightened interview to ENN podcast while discussing his candid Reflections on the UN Global Action Plan on Wasting.
The ground-breaking results from a clinical trial of a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) product made without milk or animal source protein and undertaken in Malawi in 2016, were recently unveiled by VALID Nutrition’s Founder, Dr Steve Collins.
Food Assistance for Nutrition Evidence Summit on June 27th and 28th, 2018 in Washington D.C.
“It is scandalous that a product with several critical advantages and high quality scientific evidence to support it, can be blocked because of bureaucracy and vested interests”