Pinggang Pinoy (translation: Filipino Plate) was developed as a visual guide to promote healthy eating habits among Filipinos according to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
Science Research Specialist Ma. Jovina Sandoval said that the food guide wants to correct a growing health concern that Filipinos are not eating the right proportions of food to make them healthy.
The FNRI said that Pinggang Pinoy is a plate-based visual food guide that features the right proportion of food that contains the right nutrients needed by an average Filipino to make him healthy.
The visual guide shows a plate in 4 portions, each with a symbol: fruit, vegetable, meat and grain.
Banana, the most accessible type of fruit among Filipinos, represents the fruit portion.
The malunggay is featured in the vegetable portion. Found almost everywhere in the country, malunggay is loaded with healthy nutrients.
Fish, a common and affordable staple in the Filipino household, repre-sents the meat portion.
A cup of rice, is the main feature of the grain portion.
The three food groups: GO, GROW, and GLOW are placed on the brim of the plate. The whole set is accompanied by a glass of water and is placed on top of a native hand-woven place-mat to depict the roots of the Philippines.
The result of the National Nutrition Survey conducted in 2013, showed that one in every 10 Filipino adults is CED, with women tending to be more energy deficient than men.
In the same year, the prevalence of obesity increased among Filipino adults with 3 in every 10 people considered obese, a health risk due to an abnormal accumulation of body fat mainly due to the wrong type of food intake.
The FNRI developed Pinggang Pinoy in collabo-ration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health (DOH), and National Nutrition Council (NNC).
“It’s necessary to provide consumers with a visual guide to encourage them to eat the right kinds of food,” Sandoval stressed. (Source: FNRI report)