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Welcome to e’Pap Technologies!

Join the quest for a ‘nutrient replete’, healthy world

e’Pap Technologies uses state-of-the-art nutritional chemistry to produce fortified, precooked foods formulated to address ‘hidden hunger’ and to restore the consumer’s optimum micronutrient status in a cost effective way.

epap porriage
e‘Pap is a delicious, pre-cooked porridge made of nutritious wholegrain maize and soya, plus a special mix of powerful MICRO-Nutrients. Available in four flavours – Original, Vanilla. Banana and Strawberry

The Challenge

Modern foods lack nutrients – and now one in three people worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, dysnutrition, undernutrition or what is now known as ‘hidden hunger’ (Type B Malnutrition). The problem is worst in least developed countries and at-risk populations.

The Solution

To deliver the missing micronutrients in a whole food that is affordable to everyone. e’Pap does exactly this, addressing ‘hidden hunger’ and restoring ‘nutrient repleteness’ so that both brain and body can perform optimally, as nature designed it.

The Difference

Only e’Pap contains a precise balance of 29 food-state nutrients in bio-available forms that are more easily absorbed by the body – unlike many commercial foods which often contain cheap chemical vitamin additives that are not bio-available and are ineffective in delivering nutrients the body can use.

The Results

Vastly improved health known as the ’10-Day e’Pap Effect’ – as experienced by thousands of people from communities and vulnerable populations across Africa, from children to the elderly, convalescents, company workforces, HIV and TB patients and even sportspeople.

Vision and Values

As social entrepreneurs, e’Pap Technologies believe in sustainable development through creating nutrient replete communities. Our goal is to reduce poverty by helping to create physiologically functional human beings that can better take responsibility for their own health and poverty challenges. It will be nutrient replete communities that will create the  “nutrient economy” which will address poverty and unnecessary suffering.

Definitions

Macronutrients

Major food groups that provide bulk energy: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Water and oxygen also must be consumed in large quantities, and can be considered as important “nutrients”.

Micronutrients

Nutrients required by humans throughout life in tiny quantities and which are necessary to coordinate a range of the body’s nutritional functions. These dietary trace elements are required in varying amounts according to age, development and function the body is undergoing. The quantity of individual nutrients required on a daily basis will vary when the body is sick, healthy, pregnant, growing, stressed or doing hard physical work. Some micronutrients only work effectively in the presence of others, while playing a role in many varied nutritional processes. For example, zinc works in over 200 enzymic processes while boron will enhance calcium absorption to the bones. Examples of micro-minerals include iron, chromium, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium, zinc copper and molybdenum and many more. Micronutrients also include vitamins, which are organic compounds.

Food-state forms of Micronutrients

Vitamins and minerals that are bonded with proteins and peptides to form authentic food compounds that our bodies can more easily identify, absorb and can biologically utilize.

Bioavailabilty

The ability of a nutrient to be absorbed biologically by the body to be used by the bodies nutritionally processes – called bio efficacy. Bioavailability can be affected by nutrient form and even the make up of diet and interactions with other nutrients. Both useful nutrients (with bio-efficacy) and bad nutrients (poisons) can be bioavailable. Useful nutrients will play an important role in cellular processes.  Bad nutrients are seen as foreign objects and will be filtered out by organs designed to protect the body and eventually could poison the body.

Bio-efficacy

Is a measure of useful nutrients absorbed that play an important role in cellular processes (bio-efficacy properties). The ability to produce a desired or intended result in a biological process.

Malnutrition

Malnutrition is physical and mental impairment that results from a lack of macro- and/or micronutrients:

• Type A Malnutrition: results from a lack of macronutrients – carbohydrate, protein and fat – and will result in a poor physical state or visible starvation.

• Type B Malnutrition: results from multiple micronutrient deficiencies (hidden hunger) and will result in immune deficiency, degenerative diseases and will result in the collapse of many body functions.

Hidden Hunger

Is also referred to as Type B Malnutrition and is caused by a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals. Those who suffer from it may not even be aware of it. The consequences are potentially devastating and can lead to a reduced quality of life, mental impairment, poor health and productivity, or even death. This condition of nutrient starvation is very different from literal starvation, i.e. lack of food (macronutrients) described as Type A Malnutrition that is often addressed by what is called “sterile stomach-filling”.

One in three people in the world suffer from ‘hidden hunger’. Poverty-stricken women and children in developing countries are the most affected.

Health

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Nutrient Repleteness

Refers to an ideal nutritional condition that results from a daily diet that contains all the macro- and micronutrients in a form that results in “bio-efficacy” and which is required to make a person healthy and physiologically functional. Nutrient repleteness occurs when body cells absorb the required quantities of nutrients needed for optimal healthy function.

‘Nutrient repleteness’ refers to a state of being (equilibrium) where our bodies optimally absorb the correct daily quantities of a wide range of vitamins and minerals from a healthy, well-balanced and diverse diet.

Nutrient Economy

Is an economic concept premised on a specific and powerful value chain built around nutrient replete communities that are healthy and physiologically functional, and are therefore better able to participate in finding their own solutions to poverty and health challenges.

It is a new economic model that can be created from isolated independent components of the food chain cooperating around a common language and objective: to maximize nutrient density of food. The desired outcome is nutrient replete populations with enhanced health. A nutrient economy will help to create physiologically functional human beings that will reduce costs, increase productivity and help find affordable solutions to many challenges facing societies across the world.

It is a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic forces within and between food, health, agriculture and the environment, which in turn drives success (or failure) in the workforce and communities. A nutrient replete world will provide an explosion of opportunities for economic and social transactions and is the foundation of sustainable development and the fight against poverty.

Nutrient replete populations will be physically and mentally more able to participate in the pursuit of their Millennium Goals:

• Reduce poverty and hunger

• Achieve universal primary education

• Promote gender equality and empower women

• Reduce child mortality

• Improve maternal health

• Help better manage HIV/AIDS, TB and other chronic diseases

• Ensure environmental sustainability

Most Vulnerable Populations

Vulnerable and at-risk populations include the economically disadvantaged, marginalized racial and ethnic groups, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and those with other chronic health conditions, including mental disorders. Also included in this definition may be rural residents, who often encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services. The vulnerability of these individuals can be increased by ethnicity, age, sex, and factors such as income, social security grants and absence of a usual source of care, e.g. family or civic. Their health and healthcare problems can also depend on social factors such as lack of housing and sanitation and inadequate education.   Adapted from source: ajmc.com

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