Mankai: A Novel Meat-like Aquatic Plant Introduced in a Green-MED Diet by Long-term, Large-scale, Human Trial

Mankai: A Novel Meat-like Aquatic Plant Introduced in a Green-MED Diet by Long-term, Large-scale, Human Trial

July 25, 2018

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, AL1-10/14

Date and Time

August 2, 2018, 1:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 15 minutes)

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Iris Shai, R.D., Ph.D., Chair, Cathedra of Epidemiology; Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Ben-Gurion University; Visiting Professor, Harvard University

Following the insights of her team’s previous dietary randomized controlled trials, Shai aims to address the effect of green Mediterranean diet further fortified with green plant-based polyphenols on the fat-brain-gut axis in the new Direct Plus trial. Whereas mankai is being introduced to the west, there is a long history of duckweed as food in Southeast Asia, where it has been used as a "vegetable meatballs" for many generations, dubbed “meat for the poor” or “water-eggs.” Mankai is the smallest higher-plant on earth (0.5mm), is an aquatic plant that is a proprietary bred strain of Wolffia-Globosa, duckweed. The nutritional composition of mankai is extremely high (~45%, on dry-matter basis) in leaf protein with egg-like amino acid profile. Mankai is rich in dietary fibers, omega 3 fatty acid, polyphenols, minerals (as iron, zinc, etc.) and vitamins (as A, B complex, etc.) and B12. In the seminar we will introduce insights from our clinical trials, the mankai nutritional profile/scientific findings and our future challenges for optional collaborative work with ASU.