More Than Just a Porridge
The e’Pap vision is a healthy African population. Using state-of-the-art technology, e’Pap’s instant, precooked porridge mix contains 24 essential micronutrients and 4 macronutrients to equip people with affordable, nutrient-dense food solutions so they have the resilience to take on the best opportunities in life – just by adding water.
The e’Pap Story
Rose and (the late) Dr Basil Kransdorff noticed organisations in South Africa handing out packets of food, which contained the bare minimum of nutrients – starch and carbohydrates (fibre poor, high sugar, empty calories). Their determination to create a more nutrient-rich product led to the birth of e’Pap, a unique approach to achieving daily nutritional needs in the fortified version of southern Africa’s staple food: pap (porridge).
We believe hunger and malnutrition are solvable. The hidden hunger crisis can negatively impact a country’s Gross Domestic Product by as much as 7%, and what we feed each child and vulnerable family today will benefit our people for the next 40 to 60 years to come. It’s why we take every opportunity to inform children in schools and the people we meet about the science behind nutrition.
“Backed by science, packed with love.”
Community commitment is our motto.
In the dry, water-scarce regions of Africa, e’Pap is committed to improving the nutrition status of 100 million Africans by 2040. With an estimated population of 2 billion people by then, our raison d’être is to raise the nutritional status and awareness of Africans so they can successfully tackle the unprecedented and unpredictable times ahead.
e’Pap is working towards reconstructing ideas around the importance of fortification, good eating patterns, and their resulting positive health impact. Without this knowledge, health issues (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression) are rampant. We wholeheartedly assist individuals with cancer, HIV/AIDS, dysphagia, tuberculosis, and other health conditions in their journeys towards better health, because we know a little goes a long way.
One of the most pressing humanitarian issues today is empty calorie consumption. This means foods that don’t retain their nutritional content and cause deficiencies and otherwise-preventable diseases over time.
The e’Pap Foundation NPC is dedicated to providing nutritious food so that our children can grow, thrive and flourish. Our objective is to focus on improving the nutrient status of 100 million Africans today, and the estimated 2 billion ahead by innovating, producing and distributing nutrient-dense and affordable solutions.
What is e'Pap?
More than just a porridge.
Picture this: A construction company has a large workforce. This workforce is divided into two parts: the number of people turning up for work on time to get systems running, and the number of people actively working at the right place to produce the right output, instead of loitering around.
This workforce is your body. The higher the number of people (macro- and micro- nutrients) that show up for work, the more nutrients are well-absorbed in your body – this is high bioavailability. The number of these people who work in the right place is high bioavailability. Made from wholegrain and soya beans, e’Pap is formulated to ensure the body recognizes and absorbs micronutrients with the help of amino acid chelates. Rich in Omega fatty acids, all additives in our instant mix are sourced from leading international nutritional technology companies.
Our food scientists are always at work, looking for the best and most sustainable ways to create a nutrient-replete product that interacts harmoniously with all the elements in the porridge itself, and with your body.
e’Pap’s porridge has 24 crucial micronutrients necessary for healthy brain development, immune system functioning, and fighting infections. Its 4 macronutrients (starch, fibre, protein and fat) aid in the rapid absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body. Our porridge’s micronutrients are: vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, and minerals include potassium, iodine, phosphorus, with 9 amino acid chelates*.
A Nutrient-Replete Solution (in a Bowl)
The average African doing hard manual work eats to fill their stomach, but not their daily nutritional requirements. e’Pap supports nutritionally-vulnerable African communities in making informed decisions about their health.
From the traditionally-eaten staple “pap” – ground refined (dehulled, degermed) maize porridge – we created “e’Pap”, an affordable package of instant mix food that delivers 28 nutrients and is bioavailable and bioefficient. When our founder Dr. Basil Kransdorff introduced e’Pap’s concept to a group of nurses, one stood up to ask: “ikuphi ipap?” (where is the [e]pap?). As ‘i’ in Zulu is pronounced as ‘e’ – we discovered a name for our ‘electronic’ porridge – one that was backed by science, and packed with love.
For the first time in South Africa, we’ve changed the objective of nutritional interventions to focus on achieving “nutrient repleteness”. e’Pap looks to combat malnutrition and empower the people to find better health solutions and be drivers of sustainable economic growth and change.
“Hidden hunger”, or Type 2 malnutrition, involves micronutrient deficiencies caused by:
- Mono-diets based on starchy foods, and eating only one food or food group throughout the day, and
- An agricultural system that focuses more on the amount of harvest and crop over how nutritious it really is.
Hidden hunger leads to depression, weak immune systems, and a lack of concentration/lethargy. Many industries today focus on profit over a responsibility to create nutrient-rich foods, as long as they meet minimum safety standards. That’s why at e’Pap, we aim to resolve hidden hunger by providing affordable, easily-digestible, and nutrient-rich products to the people so they have the energy they need to succeed at work and in the long term. All this, through one bowl a day.