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28/03/2018

Guatemala promotes “Mayan tree spinach” to fight malnutrition

Research centers promote the consumption of this vegetable to combat malnutrition and health problems.

Chaya tree

With the support of international research centers, the consumption of chaya or "Mayan tree spinach" is being promoted to combat malnutrition and health problems, according to the people in charge of the Chaya recovery program in Guatemala.

The University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG) and the Rome-based organization Bioversity International (BI) are sponsoring the program to "reintroduce" Chaya in the Guatemalan population.

Representatives of the two institutions presented the results of a study on Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius), a plant similar to spinach that is native to the Yucatan peninsula.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
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