Camarines’ soya chips help kids with autism

STUDY on soya chips, produced and developed by a group in Camarines Norte, showed that these can help prevent malnutrition in children, especially those with autism. The study was led by Marilou Lagdameo of the Autism Recovery Network of the Philippines (ARNP). The study was featured in a monograph series, published by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture. The series analyzed the profitability and financial viability of select products and technologies, funded and promoted by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research. One of these products was soya chips.The ARNP-produced soya chips are a healthy and nutritious snack that is high in protein and contains 15-percent fat, eight-percent sodium and six-percent total carbohydrates. The group has been joining trade exhibits in Vinzons, Daet and Labo towns in Camarines Norte,0 where soya chips were the most saleable soybean product. The product has a growing market, has been distributed in therapy centers for children with special needs in Daet and Vinzons, and has been sold in schools in other towns in Camarines Norte.