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Recently, e’Pap was approached by Professor Mershen Pillay (speech therapist and audiologist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal) to assist him in his dysphagia research.

What is dysphagia?

Broadly speaking, ‘dysphagia’ is the term used to refer to difficulties in swallowing. According to researchers, dysphagia* falls into two categories:

• Oropharyngeal dysphagia: With this, the patient experiences difficulties with starting a swallow.
• Oesophageal dysphagia: If the patient suffers from this form of dysphagia, he or she will experience the sensation of food being stuck in his or her neck or chest area.

The research spearheaded by Professor Mershen Pillay: Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal centres around modifying food to make it easier for patients suffering from dysphagia to swallow. He included e’Pap as a food source for some of his research studies to develop ePap so that it is easy for patients with swallowing difficulties to ingest.

Professor Pillay shares why he chose e’Pap for the project: “ePap is affordable and easy to access for people in resource-constrained areas. It is a suitable food to modify using the various diet textural levels for liquids and solids as per the guidelines promoted by the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiatives (www.iddsi.org).” For more information on Professor Pillay’s research, please contact him on PILLAYM1@ukzn.ac.za.

e’Pap is invited to community care giver training

As part of this research, e’Pap was invited to attend the preliminary training at the University of Zululand, outside Empangeni, for the primary care givers of dysphagia patients who would be participating in the study. The training session, which was conducted in isiZulu, instructed care givers in, for example, food preparation, food hygiene, how to determine whether or not individuals have difficulty in swallowing and how e’Pap can be utilised in different dilutions. This project is being undertaken by final-year speech therapy students in conjunction with consumer science students at Zululand University who developed recipes that include e’Pap.

What is e’Pap and how can it help you?

e’Pap is a pre-cooked porridge powder. It is made from wholegrain maize and soya bean with vitamins and minerals added in a form that the body can absorb and use. Consumers can be assured that through e’Pap, they receive the benefits of inherent nutrients from maize and soy, and that their bodies use the micronutrients that have been added.

What makes our product so unique is that it is affordable. e’Pap delivers 24 important micronutrients that people need, on a daily basis, at realistic prices.

It is e’Pap’s aim to end the pandemic of hidden hunger, which is a lack of micronutrients due to mono diets based on processed foods stripped of inherent nutrients. Effective nutrition does not need to be a luxury that only the well-to-do can afford. We want it to be accessible for all who choose food that contributes to nutrient status. Ask us more about this if you are interested.

To place your order of e’Pap today, contact our head office on 011 726 5634 or follow this link to fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you!

* American College of Dysphagia. http://patients.gi.org/topics/dysphagia/. Accessed 2018-09-18

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