RUTF – Ready to Use Therapeutic Food

What is RUTF?

RUTF is peanut butter “amplified” – it is loosely defined as a fortified peanut butter paste rich in vitamins and energy contained in a package that looks like an oversized ketchup packet.

RUTF has been revolutionary in treating severe acute malnutrition because it allows SAM (Severe Acute Malnourishment) to be treated in the community, does not require water, and does not spoil.

Each packet contains 500 calories of therapeutic food, it’s basically a mix of powdered milk, peanut butter, and micro-nutrients. Some have said it tastes like peanut butter frosting.

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There are over a dozen RUTF manufacturers around the world.

Active For Good’s sister company, MANA Nutrition, manufactures RUTF in the heart of peanut country south of Atlanta GA.

How Long Does a Child Need RUTF?

Typically, a child needs to eat 10-15kg of RUTF over a period of six to eight weeks. That’s three packets of RUTF per day.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 98% of children treated with RUTF were well-nourished after six months and 96% were well-nourished after a year.

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial and can determine much of their growth development. That is why it is critical that we get RUTF to children during this critical time.

How much is
made each year?

Global budgets currently provide $200 million per year for RUTF — enough for just 20% of children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition.

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