International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 7, Issue 1 (2022)

Nutritional content of food served to pupils in national school feeding programme (NSFP) in Bauchi local government, Bauchi state Nigeria


Alabede M I, Opasola O A, Habeeb L M, Sawyerr H O, Adewoye S O

Nutritious food maintains good health, cognitive development, and academic performance in children, necessitating Nigeria's National School Food Programme (NSFP). Despite the economic growth observed in developing countries, malnutrition and particularly under nutrition is still highly prevalent. Therefore, assessing the food quality of the NSFP in terms of the nutritional content of food is essential at ensuring that the objective of improving access to education of the programme is achieved. This study assessed the nutritional content of food (proximate analysis) of food distributed to pupils by the NSFP in Bauchi local government, Bauchi state Nigeria. The study was a descriptive cross-sectional study and a simple random technique was used involving 40 schools and three different meals were sampled. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency tables and percentages. The result revealed that beans were mostly consumed. 0.02%-1%, 58.37%-83.1%, 0.01%.-2%, 1.7%-10.%, and 8%-80.83 % in carbohydrate, protein, lipid, ash and moisture respectively while the nutritional content of white rice ranged from 53.0%-86.69%, 0.01%-2.0%, 0.01%.-3.0%,1.0%-13.0% and 1%-34% in carbohydrate, protein, lipid, ash and moisture respectively. Also, the nutritional content of yam served ranged from 70.71%-82%, 0.02%-1.02%, 0.01%.-1.2%, 1.75%-12% and 11%-32.1 % in carbohydrate, protein, lipid, ash and moisture respectively. Most of the meals are high in carbohydrates and moisture with low protein. On the contrary, the quality, quantity and low in protein diets are of great health concern if the consumption of the foods were not complemented.
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Alabede M I, Opasola O A, Habeeb L M, Sawyerr H O, Adewoye S O. Nutritional content of food served to pupils in national school feeding programme (NSFP) in Bauchi local government, Bauchi state Nigeria. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 47-52
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