According to the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), most children in the Philippines are getting less than the recommended intake of whole grains and fiber. The study, which looked at the whole grain consumption of different Filipino population groups, revealed that only 1 in 20 children and adolescents eat whole grain. It also showed that 99% of children and adolescents did not meet the whole grain recommendation, that is, they consume less than 48g of whole grain per day which is the US recommendation.
Nestle Philippines Steps In
To address the alarming findings, Nestlé Philippines hosted a ‘master class’ event to discuss the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and to encourage families to add more whole grains to their daily nutrition for a healthier future. Nestlé staff, nutrition experts, and media explored the nutritious ingredients in KOKO KRUNCH® and prepared their own breakfast cereals.
“The 8th National Nutrition Survey clearly demonstrates the need to increase awareness amongst Filipinos of the importance of eating whole grains. It is alarming that consumption levels in the Philippines are far below recommended levels and that the vast majority of Filipinos are missing out on the benefits associated with whole grains, which include lower body weight and cholesterol levels, as well as reduced risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases,” commented Ma. Adrienne Constantino, Former Supervising Science Research Specialist of Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring Division, FNRI.
“We believe breakfast is more than a good start to your day—it’s the foundation for a better future. We want moms to feel empowered to make informed and healthy choices, so they can provide the best nutrition for their children. We have made this easier by making whole grain the number one ingredient in all Nestlé Breakfast Cereals that are popular with school children and teens,” said Ece Durukan, Nestlé Regional Nutrition and External Affairs Manager for Asia, Middle East, Africa.
What Are Whole Grains?
Whole grains are made up of three parts: bran, endosperm and germ.
The bran has fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals.
The endosperm contains carbohydrates, proteins and B vitamins.
The germ has proteins, Vitamins B and E, magnesium and essential fats.
Health Benefits of Whole Grains
People who regularly eat whole grains tend to:
• Have a better nutrient intake
• Have a healthier body weight
• Are less likely to gain weight over time
• Have a healthier heart
• Are less likely to have diabetes and certain cancers.
Don’t miss out on the benefits of eating whole grains. Make breakfast better with Nestlé Breakfast Cereals’ wide range of nutritious, tasty, and convenient whole grain cereals. For more information, visit www.nestle-cereals.com.