Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Welcome to e'Pap Zimbabwe

A very warm welcome from e'Pap Zimbabwe.


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We have created this blog to facilitate an easy way for you, the consumer to follow, read up and get in touch with us, the licensed marketers and distributors of e'Pap. The instant pre-cooked food supplement.

For a deeper look into the nutritional content and benefits of e'Pap please click here.

The write up below is taken from the original website:


e'Pap is a pre cooked fortified food that uses state of the art nutritional chemistry and delivers in a food portion 28 nutrients in a bio-available form. It is certainly not a medicine. e'Pap is used across the continent where up to 2 million food portions a month are consumed. It is used in many programs from HIV support to crèche and school feeding and company wellness programs. The unique patented chelated minerals used in e’Pap are manufactured by large multi national company whose expertise in the field of bio-available nutrition is legendary. This company won the Clinton Award during his time in office for their contribution to public health.  In formulating e'Pap we concluded that this nutritional chemistry which ,I might add, is the most expensive nutritional chemistry, is critical in such a dense food matrix to overcome nutrient interactions and competition for absorption sites. 

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For example iron amino acid chelated mineral has a dalton weight of 280, inclusive of all covalent bonds. FeSo4 (Ferrous Sulphate) (cheap inorganic mineral used by many in the food Indutry) ) has a molecule dalton weight of approximately 2,500. From this you are able to gauge the ability of absorption via the duodenum. Typically inorganic minerals are absorbed in the Duodenum to pass through the lumen, brush border villei and taken up by the blood cells.
In the case of e'Pap, due to the fact e'Pap uses a chelated amino acid mineral, minerals are not absorbed in the duodenum, but in the jejunum. This is because the mineral is coated in Amino Acids - Glycerin ( a non essential amino acid).  Due to the low Dalton weight (size) the molecule is hydrolyzed approximately 20% whilst passing through the jejunum and the balance is absorbed in tact.


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When inorganic minerals are added to a food matrix, such as cereal flours, all minerals are inhibited for absorption, via phytates, tannins, polyphenols etc suppressing absorption in the duodenum and the jejunum.


Since the chelated amino acid minerals Dalton weight - size, is so small, absorption is approximately 5 - 7 times greater than all other minerals, whose Dalton weight - size is so much larger.  In addition inorganic mineral nutrients have a electrical charge that causes them to be attached to other nutrients either oxidising them or rendering the mineral to become inactive and therefore not deposited at the receptor sites. Chelated amino acid minerals have a neutral charge, thus do not attach themselves to other nutrients in the diet.


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It has been our observation that most people in Africa are not dying from HIV but more to the opportunistic diseases such as TB and Malaria. It is this observation that makes the nutrition food supplement an important support tool especially for malnourished people along the argument that the immune system is the first line of defence against opportunistic diseases. David Patience is living proof of a person who has lived with the virus for over 24 years now and has only recently gone onto ARV treatment. We believe part of the explanation lies in his affordability to eat a well balanced diet.  What e'Pap tries to do is to deliver for the poor at an affordable cost - the same nutrients contained in a well balanced diet.  Sadly, because many nutrients have been refined out of processed food, the problem of nutrient deficiencies also affects even those who can afford regular meals. Even David Patients now eats e'Pap daily because of this issue.


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Because companies are now feeling the consequences of the HIV pandemic in terms of loss of skills and absenteeism, many are now using e'Pap in their wellness programs to enhance workers nutrient intakes as a strategy to improve their employees own ability to defend themselves from opportunistic diseases. An example is Eskom transport division that was loosing 10% of their drivers to death a year from HIV related sicknesses.  For over 15 months now this division of Eskom have been feeding their drivers e'Pap. Over this period they have not had a death from an HIV related disease.  Shaft Sinkers have been evaluating e'Pap in their projects for over 3 years and are now extending the e'Pap to all their operations. A division of Biliton are now evaluating e'Pap for their staff as is Hans Merensky in their many timber operations across the continent.  CCAFRICA have pioneered the use of e'Pap nutrition for their employees and surrounding communities in their 27 lodges across the continent. 
Of special interest is an interesting program being implemented by the Kenneth Kaunda Foundation in Zambia. We have worked with them for over 3 years now.  They have been conducting a large scale intervention in rural Zambia for the past year where they have used e'Pap as a component. They are now announcing a drop in HIV related deaths by over 50%.

If you are looking for an instant pre cooked food supplement in Zimbabwe or a healthy porridge in Bulawayo why not contact us here.


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