MATES (Macaron dates) as an alternative supplementary food for undernourished toddler

Stefania Widya Setyaningtyas, Adhelia Niantara Putri, Nandia F. Dhorta, Brilliance Faresta

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Undernutrition still becomes serious health problem in Indonesia. One of strategies in order to replace nutritional status to become normal is by giving supplementary feeding. Dates is high energy high iron food that now can be easily found in urban area of Indonesia. Macaron is a sweet dessert that is basically made from almond, eggwhite, and sugar. Children usually can accept sweet food more easily, so modification of macarons with dates and governance’s supplementary feeding biscuit biscuit can be good alternative food that deliver nutrients which are needed to support catch up growth in undernourished children. This research was aimed to assess acceptance of modified macarons as alternative supplementary food for undernourished toddler. This is true experimental study with complete randomized design. The subsitution of repeatedly 0%, 13%, and 16% governance’s supplementary feeding biscuit were made in order to increase nutrition value of macarons. The formulas then were tried to 25 toddler to assess acceptability of each formula using organoleptic test. The result then was analyzed using friedman test. This research showed that F2 (16% governance’s supplementary feeding biscuit) has highest acceptability based on flavour variables (p<0.05). Also, this formula contains 8.9 g protein, which is close to protein value of governance’s supplementary feeding biscuit. It can be concluded that modifed macarons with 16% substitution of governance’s supplementary feeding biscuit is a good alternative supplementary food for undernourished toddler.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-998
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Macarons
  • Supplementary feeding
  • Toddler
  • Undernutrition


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