CEBU CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- There’s nothing wrong with eating rice as long as it is eaten in moderation.
This is what Christine Melody Caylan, chief dietician of Chong Hua Hospital in this city, emphasized when asked if eating too much rice is bad for one's health.
During the recent forum of the Association of Government Information Officers - Philippine Information Agency (AGIO- PIA7), Caylan emphasized that rice is really part of the diet of a person.
“Rice and rice substitutes are the cleanest source of energy. Gamitonon sa imong heart and sa imong body. Controlled amount lang. Everything has to be in moderation,” she said.
(Rice and rice substitutes are the cleanest source of energy. This energy will be used by your heart and your body. This should be in controlled amount. Everything has to be in moderation.)
Caylan explained that the rice intake of one person would depend on the weight, height, and the type of activities that one does.
Dr. Parolita Mission, regional nutrition program coordinator of the National Nutrition Council in Central Visayas (NNC-7), cited boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao as an example.
She said people or athletes like Senator Pacquaio would need more amount of energy, thus the need to eat more rice.
But which is healthier - rice or corn?
Caylan said that in terms of the number of fiber, corn has more of this than rice. Corn also has lower glycemic index (GI), a value assigned to foods based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels.
Mission advised those who are keeping watch of their weight to consider eating root crops instead as these have high fiber contents.
According to NNC-7, three out of 10 Filipinos in the region are overweight.
Is this a call for alarm?
Mission said compared to other regions, the number here is lower. But she warned not to be complacent since being overweight entails risks in acquiring non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart problems.
That's why this July, the NNC- 7 has partnered with schools, hospitals and food establishments in promoting healthy diet to its customers by providing healthier food choices for them.
Mission said they are encouraging the different school and hospital canteens as well as food establishments to serve vegetable dishes and other healthy options for the public.
“This is to create an enabling environment for consumers to have healthier options for their growth, development, and body processes,” she said.
This is in line with the agency's observance of the 43rd Nutrition Month this July with the theme, "Healthy diet, gawing habit - for life".
The month-long celebration will include activities namely the Healthy Diet Promotion Caravan, and a Nutri-Fiesta Food Bazaar. It will officially kick off on July 3, 2017 at the Park Mall, Mandaue City.
Meanwhile, Dr. Annessa Patindol, medical officer III of the Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7), has also warned the public about several non-communicable diseases resulting from an unhealthy lifestyle. Among these are diabetes, hypertension, kidney and liver complications, and cardiovascular diseases.
To combat several medical conditions, one of agency’s advocacies is to assess, identify, and manage hypertensive and diabetic patients in the locality, and to provide free medicines for them.
Patindol however, encouraged the public to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle.
According to her, quitting the habit of smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and having a diet low in salt, fat, and sugar may help one avoid such health complications. (fcr/Gwen Gaviola, UP Cebu Intern/PIA7)