Pinggang Pinoy now includes various age groups

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Food Guide. Maria Susana Encarnacion, science and research specialist from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), discusses the updated version of the Pinggang Pinoy which now includes various age groups, during a media forum held in San Jose town recently. (JCM/CBA-PIA6 photo)

SAN JOSE, Antique, Sept. 26 (PIA6) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) introduced the modified version of the Pinggang Pinoy to the media in Antique, in a forum held recently.

Pinggang Pinoy is an easy-to-understand food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis to meet the body's energy and nutrient needs of adults, according to DOST.

Maria Susana Encarnacion, science and research specialist, gave the presentation on the current Pinggang Pinoy food guide which now includes various age groups, specifically for kids, teenagers, adults, the elderly and the pregnant and lactating women.

"FNRI decided to come up with Pinggang Pinoy for the different population groups, unlike before where we had the guide for adults only," Encarnacion said.

During the presentation, Encarnacion said that children have different food intake and nutrient recommendation, depending on their age 3 to 5-years old, 6 to 9-years old and 10 to 12-years old.

However, food intake and nutrition recommendation varies for male and female adolescents, she said.

Those of adults, the elderly and pregnant and lactating women also vary.

The current food guide was launched in February last year in Iloilo by the Nutritionists-Dieticians' Association of the Philippines (NDAP) during its 61st annual convention.

"Our aim is to promote good health, so it must have scientific basis, it must be practical, it must be flexible, adaptable and useful," Encarnacion said.

The guide shows the recommended proportion of food groups, Go, Grow and Glow, which include vegetables, meat and grains or cereals. 


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