• 4th DeKUT International Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • 2018-11-07   9:00am
  • Venue: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

The DeKUT Science,Technology,Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conferences

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The 4th STI&E Conference Key Note Speakers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Carolus

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Carolus is Professor at the University of Siegen, Germany.

Prof. Francis Birhanu Dejene

Prof. Francis Birhanu Dejene is a Professor of Physics at the University of the Free State, republic of South Africa.

Abdul K. Faraj, Ph.D

Prof. Abdul K. Faraj is an Associate Professor of Food Science Technology at Egerton University.


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Research and Development :Chia Drink

  • Dr. Monica Mburu (Ph.D.), a Food Science and Technology Researcher, at the Institute of Food Bioresources Technology, is carrying out a research aimed at investigating the effects of new growing environments and agronomical treatments on chia seed quality and scientific validation on the efficacy and safety of the active ingredients in chia seed and leaves that warrants its health benefits, as well as evaluation of its commercial viability in Kenya. Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) has a promising future in Kenya for food security, improved nutrition and health. Chia seed and leaves are protein-rich with good balance of essential amino acids making it suitable for malnourished children and adults living in rural areas who need better access to protein-rich food supply. It can enhance the nutrition status of food crop and fit in rotational farming. Chia seeds contain almost of all the essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals essential for optimum growth and development in good proportions. This is a superior food especially for infant complementary feeding. The high amount of alpha omega 3 is important in lowering the risk of cardiovascular heart disease. Salvia hispanica (chia) has limited food applications in Kenya, since it is still being exploited. In the developed countries, it is commonly consumed in beverages, cereals, and salad dressing from the seed or eaten raw and as salad from chia sprout. This research on Chia Products development focuses on: Chia yoghurt, Chia oil, Chia dried vegetables, Chia enriched cookies and cakes and Chia seeds drink.

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