The Potential of “SUJAKAJU” as Source of Nutrients in the Prevention of Chronically Malnourished among Children
Milk is an exclusive drink to be consumed to fulfill protein supply for human’s body.Milk is dairy from cows, goats,and camels. In its fulfillment, not all people can consume milk due to the high price in which most Gorontalo people are in poverty. One of the ways that can be carried out in order to anticipate malnutrition problem is by consuming various foods. Corn is one of the carbohydrate sources that is able to be utilized as the alternative to rice because it has almost the same calories as rice. In the form of corn kernels, it can also be processed into milk. The purpose of this study is to analyze the product of mung bean corn milk (Susu Jagung Kacang Hijau, henceforth called as SUJAKAJU) whichis able to enhance the nutritional and immune system of children who drink SUJAKAJU. The improvement of immune system through the measurement of body weight, hemoglobin, leukocytes, and platelets. The output of this research is to produce and develop the aforementioned productthat has a good nutritional value to increase children’s nutritional status and body endurance, so that it can help the government overcome the issues of malnutrition, expensive milk, and poverty in Gorontalo.
Keywords: Corn, Mung bean, Nutritional Status, Body Endurance