Nigerian scientist fortifies ‘Zobo’ to address iron deficiency in Africa
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on November 10, 2022
A Nigerian scientist, Folake Oyewole, is developing an iron-fortified hibiscus-based drink popularly known as Zobo in Nigeria, which could help women with iron deficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Oyewole, a chemical engineering PhD candidate in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, is conducting research as her doctoral thesis project inspired, in part, by the potential health benefits of a refreshing drink.According to the University of Toronto, Canada, the pioneering research, supported by the Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty for the Future Fellowship, is targeted at addressing the menace of iron deficiency, the leading cause of anemia worldwide.
The new iron-fortified beverage is expected to make use of hibiscus sourced from Nigeria.
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