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Who doesn't like bread? Although not a primary food of the Indonesian people, bread is a favourite food. But who knows that bread had a high sugar content. This is a problem for people with Diabetes Mellitus who like to eat flour-based snacks.
That was the reason for Novitasari Dwi Mar'atusholihah, Anggun Nurani, Rehan Almira, a student of Food Science and Technology (ITP) Department at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) to create friendly bread for people with Diabetes Mellitus.
"We mixed the bread with Okra extract or Abelmoschus Esculentus," said Novitasari Dwi Mar'atusholihah, Group Chair. This native African plant is an additional ingredient for reducing sugar levels in bread. The product is named Rita Ok (Roti Tawar Okra).
Okra fruit is a plant that is high in fibre and contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants. The chemical content of okra includes 67.50% α-cellulose, 15.40% hemicellulose, 7.10% lignin, 3.40% pectic component, 3.90% fat and linin component and 2.70% water extract. These chemical effects as antidiabetic.
This sixth-semester student also explained, his findings had been compiled since at the beginning of April. Not without reason, Novita and her friends initiated Rita Ok in order to be included in the Student Creativity Program (PKM). The research is on the test. "There are two stages of testing. The first is done which is the infifo test. One more is fibre test, "explained Novita.
The Okra fruit will be extracted and will form a gel. The gel will be mixed in the bread ingredients. After that, the bread will be processed for making bread as usual. "There is a slight difference with bread in general, only the texture is a bit soft. Others are the same as normal bread, "said Novita.
Within four months, Novita will maximize her research. Through this research, research guidance Dr. Ir. Warkoyo, MP hopes to get information on okra fruit extract products that can reduce blood sugar levels. This is intended to be used as an alternative food product safe for consumption for people with Diabetes Mellitus. (Win)