Pinoy Pandesal Enriched with Coco Flour LaunchedThursday, June 30, 2022
A new variant of pandesal was launched on Wednesday, June 29 to address the rising cost of wheat flour. Dubbed the ‘Pinoy coco pandesal,” the new variant was an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Baking Industry Group, and VCO Philippines.
“Our response (to the rising wheat flour prices and some problems in importation), we considered the possibility of using coconut flour, which is high fiber, gluten-free, grain-free flour that is excellent for keto diets. Coconut flour contains naturally occurring dietary fiber,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña during the launch at a Pure Gold supermarket chain in Quezon City. He added that coconut flour is more calorie-dense than traditional grain-based flour. It is a good source of protein, fat, fiber, iron, and potassium. According to de la Peña, the Philippine Baking Industry Group initiated efforts to create coco pandesal using a combination of wheat flour and coco flour.
DOST’s agencies Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) conducted the nutrient analysis of the coco-enriched pandesal using coconut flour as a non-wheat flour alternative. A serving of the Pinoy coco pandesal (25 grams per piece) contributes 3 percent of the daily requirement for energy; 4 percent of protein; 10 percent of iron; and 8 percent of Vitamin A, based on the requirement of a 19- to 29-year-old male.