In keeping with current nutrition trends and to give the public and other industry stakeholders a more nuanced perspective on nutrition, new guidelines were released by the Department of Science and Technology’s Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI) 2015 recently.
DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute Director Mario Capanzana said the new dietary guide include the following:
Free sugars should be less than a tenth, or about 10 teaspoons, of total energy intake in children or adults.
Sodium, which is present in salty foods, should be limited to at least one teaspoon a day.
Potassium — which can be found in bananas, avocados, and dark leafy greens — should be increased to 3,510 mg.
Capanzana said the recommendations take its cue from the rising incidence of different ailments of Filipinos.
He said the result of their survey showed that there are increasing numbers of people suffering from hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol, which all have something to do with food and nutrition..
Capanzana also urged food manufacturers to recalibrate their formulations to produce more healthy snack products.
“We are encouraging our food industry stakeholders to innovate and renovate, and make significant reduction in salt,” Capanzana said.
Corazon Barba, of the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, urged Filipinos to reduce their intake of sweet concoctions in favor of fresh fruits.
“The consumption level of Filipinos is considered inadequate; we tend to favor processed or prepared sweets like leche flan or sweetened macapuno rather than fresh fruits,” Barba said.
PDRI has detailed tables for various age groups with multi-level reference values for average, recommended, and upper limit intakes of nutrient and energy.
DOST-FNRI said the detailed tables can help guide nutritionists and food manufacturers on proper diet planning.#