Food: Do You Fall Into #MalnutritionTraps?

Is your child eating well enough and growing just fine? Is he too fond of eating rice or meat? Are you giving him well-balanced meal or are you falling into malnutrition traps? As they say everything must be taken in moderation and a little too much of something might be bad for our children’s health. Read on for more details on how to beat these malnutrition traps and for dibs on where to get healthy, well-balanced recipes you can prepare for your family.

 

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The Pinggang Pinoy® Campaign

Our 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 under-nutrition 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. 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 and 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

  1. Overconsumption of carbohydrates ~ Voracious rice eaters can easily fill half of their plates with rice. Others have pandesal and noodles as regular meal deprived of other nutrients derived from a well-balanced meal.
  2. Under consumption of vegetables and/fruits ~ It is common for some to be content with rice & meat to satisfy their hunger and skip/take insufficient amount of vegetables/fruits. Fact is, the variety of colors found in Glow foods are important sources of vitamins and minerals. They help us to sustain our energy and keep us from getting sick.
  3. Overconsumption of protein ~ Typical Filipino “SILOG” meals include double serving of proteins {e.g. Tapa+Itlog, Tocino+Itlog, Longanisa+Itlog, Bangus+Itlog}. Eating different kinds of protein is fine for as long as they are taken in moderation. We must also avoid protein dishes served high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
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Mum Eats: Eatigo’s Delicious Discounts Brings You A Taste Of Manila’s Finest Classics

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A scrumptious Crisostomo platter

Priceless moments and affordable dining.

There’s a reason why some popular restaurants remain timeless ~ one bite and you’re instantly taken aback to a happy memory. Maybe it’s your childhood party, a family gathering, a first date…either way, food has the magic to arouse emotions and create priceless moments.

But dining doesn’t always need to be priceless. Thankfully we have Eatigo, Asia’s leading online reservations platform which affords users time-based deals up to 50% off on their favorite participating restaurants.

A familiar choice from Eatigo would be Pancake House. This breakfast staple has been around since the 1970’s, inviting customers in with their vibrant orange and pink booths. But the real stars of this diner are the fluffy pancakes and succulent fried chicken which have catered to hungry bellies across all generations, from children up to their grandparents.

Another mouth-watering option would be Barrio Fiesta’s special Crispy Pata and cult-favorite Kare-Kare. The pork knuckles fried until golden and crisp, along with the delicious mix of simmered oxtail, veggies, and savory peanut-based sauce make this humble restaurant an easy “Yes!” from customers up to this day. 

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Mum Eats: What To Look For When Shopping For All-Natural Foods

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Note: This post first appeared on my foodie blog, mum-eats.com, on 22 November, 2014. With a heavy heart, I have decided not to renew it when it expires this July as I can no longer maintain and update is as often as I would like to. Instead, I decided to add a new category here on the blog for the food-related posts under the name, Mum Eats. I hope you will enjoy reading these delicious articles as much as I enjoyed reliving my foodie adventures, as well as sharing foodie tips and tricks, through these posts.  :plate: 

Purchasing food at your local supermarket should include a complete look at the nutrition facts to ensure that you are eating the highest-quality meat and food products.Nowadays, most foods are laden with additives and unnatural ingredients that the human body has trouble breaking down. Fortunately, all-natural stores have taken measures to provide convenient, affordable food choices so that everyone can enjoy the very best food available.

Meat and Poultry

Not all meat is created equal. It is important to choose all-natural and organic meats to ensure that the animals have been fed an all-vegetarian diet, have been well cared for, and can provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Most consumers can also taste the difference that natural foods can provide.

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