Be Part of Mag Pinggang Pinoy Tayo Campaign

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The country has been facing the rise on the number of underweight and overweight Filipinos for more than 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the “prevalence of both undernutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”

To address this problem, our government launched the Pinggang Pinoy® campaign in 2014. Pinggang Pinoy® is an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per-meal basis. This reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety and BAlance (MOVABA) to promote healthier eating habits.

Solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors as it is not an easy feat. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.

The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into. The following #MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eating habits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition:

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A closer look at your child’s milk

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Aside from a well-balanced, nutritious diet, giving your child a glass of milk has been shown to help support your child’s well-being. Aside from being a source of calcium, a glass of milk can also provide essential and important nutrients for growth and mental development.

As parents, however, it is important to take a closer look—beyond the promises—at the nutritional values, ingredients, calorie counts, and even the sugar content of your child’s milk to better understand how it factors into his or her nutrition. One way of doing so is by getting accustomed to reading the labels.

According to Food Scientist Dr. Lotis Francisco, milk labels provide the necessary information that would allow you to check and balance the ingredients and other nutritional facts of the milk.

“By taking time in reading and understanding the label, it helps you make smart choices in identifying the best milk for your child,” added Dr. Francisco.

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How “Cheesy” is Keto Diet?

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Diet is hard because it limits almost every single of your favourite food, from barbeque to ice cream. If you’re used to those fatty, sugary, high calorie food all the time, adjusting your daily diet sounds like a torture method coming straight from hell. But, what if I tell you there is one diet that defy that no meat, no fat rule?

Ketogenic diet, often shortened keto diet, is the answer you’re looking for. This diet is originally developed to help children with epilepsy, with striking success. It is this success that prompt other people to pick up the diet for various reason, from maintaining health to losing weight.

Keto diet is low-carbs, medium-protein, and high-fat diet. When your body is depraved of carbs and protein, it goes into a state called ketosis, where it release a chemical called ketones that can change fat into energy. This is why keto diet is appealing for many people who wants to Continue reading

Healthy Intakes to Beat the Stress

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Mom’s life can get pretty hectic especially if they are managing lots of stuffs such as motherhood responsibilities, household chores, and life’s career. To get the nerves calm amid all these stuffs in life, listed under are healthy intakes to beat the stress:

  • Eat fruits such as papaya, banana and avocado. These fruits provide potent protections against stress trough their vitamins A, C, folate and potassium. The said vitamins effectively help combat high blood pressure.
  • Oatmeal, whole-wheat bread and cereal. These are rich in fiber that help induce a steady flow of serotonin, slowing down the rate digestion and preventing blood sugar roller coaster which could lead to the mood swing and mindless eating.

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