A science research specialist said the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) developed Pinggang Pinoy as a visual guide to promote healthy eating habits among Filipinos.
Science Research Specialist Ma. Jovina Sandoval said that it is necessary to provide consumers with a visual guide to encourage them to eat what is right.
Dubbed as Pinggang Pinoy (translation: Filipino Plate), the FNRI said it is a visual representation of a healthy meal that a person should consume on a per meal basis. It is a plate-based food guide that features the right proportion of food that contains the right nutrients needed by the body of an average Filipino to make him healthy.
Results of the National Nutrition Survey conducted from 1993 to the latest showed that the number of Chronic Energy Deficient (CED) adults aged 20 years old and above has decreased. However, the number is minimal as it does not go below 10%.
In 2013, results of the survey showed that one in every 10 Filipino adults is CED with women tending to be more energy deficient than men.
On the other hand, in the same year, the prevalence of obesity increased among Filipino adults with 3 in every 10 people considered obese. Seen as a health risk, an abnormal accumulation of fat mainly due to the wrong type of food intake leads to obesity.
Science Research Specialist Ma. Jovina Sandoval said that the new food guide wants to correct this growing concern and that Filipinos need to take the right proportions of food to make them healthy.
What does the Pinggang Pinoy look like?
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, represents 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 placemat to depict the roots of the Philippines.
“It’s necessary to provide consumers with a visual guide to encourage them to eat the right kinds of food,” Sandoval stressed.#