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Sweet potatoes: Another must eat food for their wondrous health benefits

Sweet potatoes are delicious. But did you know that these humble tuberous crops from the convulvulaceae family, with the scientific name Ipomoea Batatas, and also known as yams, are also nutritious and offer lots of health benefits? 1. It is rich in dietary fibers. The starchy texture contains fibers that help in the release of […]

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Consuming too much rice increases the risks for diabetes

Rice is our potent source of carbohydrates & protein; it also supplies vitamin B, calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, phosphorus & magnesium. But habitually consuming too much rice elevates blood sugar & increases the risks for diabetes. Here’s what we must do: • Don’t patronize unli-rice promos offered in fast-foods. • Don’t put more rice […]

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Why 56% of Filipino mothers exclusively breastfeed their children

A mother’s milk is a nutritious and complete food for a baby. This was cited by 56 percent of Filipino mothers as their reason for exclusively breastfeeding their babies, according to the 2011 survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology. Respondents were mothers of 0-23 month […]

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Why Moringa is being hailed as a superfood

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains: 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 17 times the calcium of milk, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, 25 times the […]

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Sugar-sweetened beverages – major determinants of obesity and diabetes

Sugar-sweeted drinks are popular among teenagers and young adults. Accoring to a study, 70% of males between 2-19 years of age have a sugary drink on a daily basis, along with 60% of their female counterparts. Fifty-five percent of older men drink sugary beverages daily, along with 40% of older women. Health authorities say that […]

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High potassium in bananas lowers blood pressure: American Heart Association

Many Filipinos are lacking in potassium intake because they prefer to eat in fast food establishments and eateries that offer salty, spicy and fatty foods. Little do they know that bananas are a rich source of potassium, an essential ingredient for a healthy heart and good nerves. According to the American Heart Association, high amounts […]

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Make eating intelligently as an art and a habit – FOR LIFE

Eating is a necessity, but eating intelligently is an art.” This is the simple yet evocative statement of Kendall Pilgrim Gatan, Nutrition Officer III of the NNC-Regional Office 1 (NNC-RO 1) during a discussion concerning the 2017 Nutrition Month Talking Points upholding the theme, “Healthy diet, gawing habit- FOR LIFE!”. The 43rd Nutrition Month celebration […]

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NEW GUIDELINES LAUNCHED ON MANAGEMENT OF MALNUTRITION FOR FILIPINO CHILDREN

A recent National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), revealed that about one million Filipino children suffer from acute malnutrition. Because of this, the Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP), has launched the first Philippine national guidelines for the management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) […]

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In breastfeeding, there is bonding between the mother and child

Based on a study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the number of nursing mothers that exclusively breastfeed their child has increased from 36% in 2008 to 47% in 2011. The three organizations made this […]

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Breastfeeding linked to better childhood behavior: study

Children breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life have an easier time behaving as primary school students, according to new research published in a medical journal. The said study which was conducted in South Africa found a strong link between how long they were breastfed and signs of behavioral disorders between the ages […]

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