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Anti-Nausea Biscuit

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Porang (Amorphophallus muelleri) is one of the agricultural commodities with high levels of glucomannan. Glucomannan is a polysaccharide compound that is useful for reducing cholesterol, accelerating satiety and slowing stomach emptying, making it suitable as a healthy food product, such as biscuits. The use of Porang in Indonesia in food products is still very minimal. In addition, the Porang market is still dominated by export needs. Therefore, an effort is needed to process Porang into healthy food products that have a selling value, such as healthy biscuits for pregnant women.

Five Brawijaya University students consisting of M Ahmad Talkhis, Nabilla Alya Anastasya, Farida Lutfiya Azizah, Fatih Meru Samudera and Vio Awan Nur Hidayat under the guidance of Dr. Lilik Wahyuni, M.Pd make biscuits for pregnant women from Porang named Amora Pregnancy Biscuit. The Amora Pregnancy Biscuit is a processed product of Porang as a form of food diversification in the form of biscuits for complementary food for pregnant women. The content of polysaccharide compounds in the Amora Pregnancy Biscuit can be used as a medium and long-term energy source so that it can help the pregnant to be full longer and suppress stomach acid which can reduce nausea and vomiting to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum. By consuming the Amora Pregnancy Biscuit, pregnant women can avoid dehydration which is dangerous for the mother and fetus. In addition, the presence of the Amora Pregnancy product is expected to enlighten the farmers because the increasing demand for Porang basic ingredients is expected to increase the opportunity for the selling value of Porang so that it can improve the farmers' economy.

The Amora Pregnancy Biscuits are an innovation of the Student Creativity Program organized by the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia. The Amora pregnancy biscuit product innovation has won a silver medal at the international Korean Women's Invention Exposition 2021. May this achievement make Amora Pregnancy Biscuit be well-known not only in Indonesia but also in the international world and this will have the opportunity to take part in the 34th National Student Scientific Week in 2021.

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