Revision of Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos in 2012 due to changes in nutrition situation in the country

The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos was revised in 2012 in response to the changes in the nutrition situation in the country as reported by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute as per 2008 and 2011 survey results, and in lieu of new nutrition information and related interventions to address malnutrition, the National Nutrition Council stated in its website.

Resembling the 2000 NGF, the 2012 version also has ten messages but now infuses the nutritional and health justification for each.

The reformulated guidelines as a whole aims to improve the nutritional status that enhances productivity and quality of life of the population, by following desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle.

In addition, the NGF endeavors in protecting and promoting the nutrition of Filipinos by providing a solid foundation and starting point for nutrition workers in developing information, education and communication materials and in conducting educational and advocacy activities, the statement elucidates.

The 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos includes the following messages:

1. Eat a variety of foods everyday to get the nutrients needed by the body.

2. Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to six months, then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for two years and beyond for optimum growth and development.

3. Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and prevent obesity.

4.  Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, egg, dried beans or nuts daily for growth and repair of body tissues.

5.   Eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for regulation of body processes.

6. Limit intake of salty, fried, fatty and sugar-rich foods to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

7. Consume milk, milk products, and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth.

8. Use iodized salt to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders.

9. Consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food-and water-borne diseases.

10. Be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases. (Report from FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Salvador R. Serrano)