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Bangladeshi scientists claim to have recreated a long-lost recipe of herbal drink made from jute leaf, which they hope would gain popularity across the globe. The organic drink touted as “jute green tea” has 30 percent more calorie than spinach, and it contains iron, vitamin C, vitamin D and anti-oxidants, according to scientists at Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI). Dr Md Nasimul Gani, principal scientific officer at BJRI, said, “The drink is healthy and tasty.” It would help tackle constipation, diabetes, cancer and ageing. The BJRI official hoped the drink would be in high demand due to its organic qualities. It is very easy to prepare the jute herbal drink. One needs to put the powdered ingredients in a glass of water, BJRI officials said they shared the recreated recipe of the drink with officials at the Jute Diversification Promotion Centre. Talking to The Daily Star, BJRI Director General Dr Md Kamal Uddin said, “In the past, only jute fibre got the main attention. But those days are gone. Now, we are focusing on diversified use of jute. The jute herbal drink will earn worldwide reputation as its quality is very good and it is organic.” It is very easy to prepare the jute herbal drink. One needs to put the powdered ingredients in a glass of water, stir it until it turns green, and then add sugar to taste. The idea of the drink crossed the mind of BJRI officials following government initiatives to diversify the use of jute, he said. BJRI officials said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina praised the quality of the jute herbal drink after tasting it at an event recently at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital. Prof Sagarmay Barua of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science at Dhaka University said that like other vegetables, jute leaf contain ingredients such as iron, calcium, carotene, fibre, carbohydrate, protein and vitamins. Mainul Hoque, director (project monitoring and implementation) of the Jute Diversification Promotion Centre, said, “The jute herbal drink has a great future as organic products are becoming very popular. We expect a huge boost in this sector.”

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