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THE ROMANIAN MOUNTAIN PRODUCT, PROBIOTIC IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19. CASE STUDY ON MOUNTAIN PRODUCERS IN ROMANIA


Brîndușa COVACI


Mountain Economy Center Vatra Dornei, str. Petreni, no. 49 / National Institute for Economic Research “Costin C. Kirițescu


DOI: https://zenodo.org/doi/10.5281/zenodo.10397443
SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4808422


Abstract

In the context of COVID-19, consumers need to be aware of the importance of healthy nutrition and a balanced lifestyle. Providing the necessary with healthy food, but especially as a probiotic, is an imperative of life in the pandemic. The paper proposes as probiotics, for the prevention and control of COVID-19, three types of mountain product groups known as natural medicine, namely Allium sativum – garlic (vegetable products category), honey (bee products category), fermented dairy products (sana, yogurt, kefir, whipped milk, skimmed milk, sour milk, thick milk). The mentioned probiotics were chosen from the Register of mountain products in Romania, which have low percentages to number of producers and products compared to other mountain products. The methods used in the paper are of qualitative type, by studying the official documents with mountain character from Romania, respectively of quantitative type by creating a general statistical table regarding the probiotics proposed in the article. The research results show that mountain producers focus on certain mountain products used as probiotics, namely honey, partially neglecting the marketing of other mountain products proposed in the article. Knowing this information, the decision makers in ensuring the nutritional education in Romania can support information campaigns, in the context of COVID-19, in order to accentuate the consumption of certain mountain products with probiotic character. The paper proposes to the Romanian mountain producers the development of the production and trade with the probiotics mentioned in the article, as well as the education of the population in the sense of a balanced way of life and healthy nutrition.


Keywords:

COVID-19, probiotic, mountain product, mountain producers

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