According to the conclusion of a study conducted by Kantar Worldpanel, a leading provider of researched-based information on shoppers’ purchase and usage behavior in several countries, Filipino are becoming more health-conscious. In 2010, Filipinos were increasingly becoming health-conscious buying healthy foods, with 93 percent, up from 83 percent in 2005. In this study, Filipino consumers learned to read the labels, with 90 percent making sure they were getting really healthy foods before buying. Products such as ready-to-drink teas, coffees, and cereal beverages claiming at the top three spots, found that convenience had become a valued consideration for Filipinos from the study conducted. Researchers from Cordillera Administrative Region Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CIARRC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) developed a food product that combines both convenience and health benefits. And the product called “AdSoy Blend”.
Adsoy: 2-in-1 Health Product
Stated by Dr. Magdalena T. Wanawan, CIARC manager, AdSoy blend come up with the name that will capture both commodities: Adlay and soybean and the product could have been called “AdSoy” or “Solai”. AdSoy is a mixed cereal meal and hot beverage. AdSoy aim was to develop a product that targets the health-conscious Filipinos with great consideration on the ease of preparing it; especially to those people who are busy and always in a hurry. Roasted adlay grains and roasted soybeans are the main ingredients of AdSoy blend. To add a flavor to a blend you can also add a dash of roasted sesame seeds. If you want to use AdSoy as a cereal food, you have to add hot water, milk, and sugar to taste. If you want to use it as a tea or hot beverage, you have to add more hot water or milk and sugar. According to Dr. Wanawan, they did not add sugar into the blend because some diabetic patients drink it without the sugar.
Stated by Dr. Magdalena T. Wanawan, the product was developed in April 2014 and was first introduced to the public during the National Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition, organized by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in August 2014 at SM Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall. Funding for this CIARC’s research initiative is part of the Adlay R&D fund from BAR. What makes AdSoy different from other cereal meal and hot beverage products? Dr. Wanawan revealed that, “Adsoy is organic! The blend contains adlay and soybeans which are both organically-grown here. Kami talaga sa CIARC ay maka-organic! [We at CIARC are into organic!]”. Adsoy has been already been introduced to the public through tech for. They are still perfecting the product in terms of taste and consistency. “We need to improve on the taste by conducting public taste test and also improve the product packaging,” said Dr. Wanawan.
Healthful Benefits from AdSoy
“We developed it because of the health benefits from adlay and soybean. Both are high in nutrients, containing both energy and protein which are essential needs of our body. Another reason is that both crops are easy to grow and produce,” explained Dr. Wanawan. One of the components of AdSoy Blend is Adlay or Job’s Tears, are medicinal herb and popular food, famous by its dampness-removing feature. It can also help to eliminate excessive dampness inside the body and invigorate the spleen, improving metabolism. Lung related chronic diseases such as emphysema, cough, and asthma can also cure by Job’s tears. Adlay is versatile as rice, as source of food. According to the studies, eating 100 grams per serving of adlay, one is less likely to feel hungry after awhile compared to eating rice or corn. In modern research showed that Job’s tears is an anti-cancer food because it has a functions of immunization reducing blood sugar and blood pressure, inducing ovulation and etc. The other component of AdSoy blend is the soybean, considered as the highest protein content among the plant product. It contains 40 percent of protein and the only vegetable food that contains all 8 essential amino acids.
Rose Mary Aquino, senior agriculturist at the DA-Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CVIARC) in Region 2, citing that soybean is known as a good source of dietary fiber and it contains anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory factors, and components that aid in the prevention of osteoporosis, heart diseases, and diabetes. It is locally known as utaw, has a great potential in helping alleviate hunger and poverty in the country because it can be widely used to meet the protein need of the Filipino.
Pregnant woman, especially in their early stage cannot eat Job’s tears or adlay. Research in animals suggests that it can poison a developing embryo. It can also cause the uterus to contract, and this might harm the pregnancy. And also people with constipation or perspiration cannot eat Job’s tears. Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. Soybeans are high in phytic acid, a substance that blocks the uptake of the essential minerals calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc, in the intestinal tract.