Eating a balanced diet is important to health. Diets high in calories and fats are known to increase the risk of atherosclerosis leading to cardiovascular diseases. Diets low in fiber and complex carbohydrates are known to increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases. Following the nutrition guidelines of low fat and low salt and increased fiber and Calcium diet helps decrease the risks of major Non-communicable disease, namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and cancer.
The latest National Nutrition Survey data also notes an increasing trend in the prevalence of high blood sugar from 2003 (3.4%) to 2013 (5.4%) among Filipino adults. The incidence of obesity is also increasing – 3 out of 10 Filipinos are now obese or overweight. Filipinos with weight problems are at greater risk for complications like diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer.
Increased consumption of
・ cereal and cereal products including breads, bakery products, noodles and snack foods from flour
・ sugar and syrups including soft drinks
・ fats and oils
・ meat and meat products in which nearly 30% of meat intake is processed meat product
・ alcoholic beverages
Declining consumption of vegetables and fruit
These results showed that increasing carbohydrate, sugar, protein and salt intake, and deceasing in fiber and Calcium intake. This inappropriate dietary pattern and nutrition deficiency may cause many healthy problems.
Based on the same FNRI data, the daily consumption of other food groups like fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables do not usually meet the national Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) levels, especially for fiber. Dietary fiber is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The recommended intake for total fiber for adults up to 50 years of age is set at 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men. For those over 50, the recommended intake is 21 grams per day for women and 30 grams per day for men.
Bear in mind that increased fiber intake could be a pretty good start – a clean slate towards a healthier lifestyle.
Calcium is an essential mineral needed by all individuals. It plays an important role in the body’s many functions such as muscle contraction, blood clot formation, releasing hormones and other chemicals, receiving nerve signals and most importantly in bone development. Studies have shown that good calcium intake, especially during the bone-building years, can help prevent osteoporosis later on in life.
Here is an age-by-stage recommended calcium intake according to Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) guide sourced from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
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