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Ecol Food Nutr. 2009 May-Jun;48(3):212-25. doi: 10.1080/03670240902794598.

Adoption of Moringa oleifera to combat under-nutrition viewed through the lens of the "Diffusion of innovations" theory.

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Human Nutrition, Baltimore, Maryland 21205-2185, USA.

Abstract

Moringa oleifera, an edible tree found worldwide in the dry tropics, is increasingly being used for nutritional supplementation. Its nutrient-dense leaves are high in protein quality, leading to its widespread use by doctors, healers, nutritionists and community leaders, to treat under-nutrition and a variety of illnesses. Despite the fact that no rigorous clinical trial has tested its efficacy for treating under-nutrition, the adoption of M. oleifera continues to increase. The "Diffusion of innovations theory" describes well, the evidence for growth and adoption of dietary M. oleifera leaves, and it highlights the need for a scientific consensus on the nutritional benefits.

KEYWORDS:

Diffusion of innovations theory; Moringa oleifera; nutrient supplement

PMID:
20161339
PMCID:
PMC2679503
DOI:
10.1080/03670240902794598
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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