Synmba – A Functional synbiotic sorghum-based beverage

Synmba – A Functional synbiotic sorghum-based beverage

SUMMARY
Probiotics have been shown to ameliorate a range of gut-linked health challenges including diarrhoea and oral thrush. Probiotics are live microorganisms which when ingested in adequate amounts impart health benefits to the host. On the other hand, prebiotics are fructooligosaccharides which selectively stimulate probiotic growth in the gut. Presently many would-be beneficiaries miss out on potential health benefits of probiotics as they are usually in up-market dairy-based beverages, or pharmaceutical dosage forms associated with clinical use only. The project will develop and market a sorghum-based instant beverage enriched with phytonutrients and synbiotics (Synmba).

BACKGROUND
The project involves:
• Formulation and testing of a phytonutrient-enriched sorghum-based synbiotic beverage.
• Piloting and scaling up manufacturing of the beverage.
• Conducting stability testing and quality control of final product for market launch.
• Launching and marketing the product.

OUTCOME AND IMPACT
The Synmba drink will improve health, reduce illness among the targeted consumers, create jobs, expand the biotechnology-skills base, incentivise small and medium sorghum farmers and eventually improve food security. A number of diseases and/or medical complications including diarrhoea, constipation, intestinal infections, hypercholesterolaemia, bacterial vaginitis and oral and vaginal candidiasis may be alleviated by ingestion of synbiotic beverages, such as the Synmba drink, taken in adequate amounts on a regular basis.

TEAM

Prof. David Katerere
Tshwane University of Technology
– South Africa
Katereredr@tut.ac.za

Dr Oluwaseyi Aboyade
Tshwane University of Technology
– South Africa
oluwaseyi.aboyade@gmail.com

Dr Lemogang Kwape
National Food Technology Research Centre
– Botswana
kwape@naftec.org

Ms Thatayaone M Kepaletswe
National Food Technology Research Centre
– Botswana
thatayaone@naftec.org

Project Type

Seed project

Countries involved

Status

Ongoing