Does Your Family Fall into #MalnutritionTraps?

 Our country has been facing the rise on the number of underweight and overweight Filipinos for more than 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the “prevalence of both undernutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”

To address this problem, our government launched the Pinggang Pinoy® campaign in 2014. Pinggang Pinoy® is an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per-meal basis. This reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety and BAlance (MOVABA) to promote healthier eating habits.

Solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors as it is not an easy feat. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.

The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into. The following #MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eating habits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition:

1. Overconsumption of carbohydrates: Voracious rice eaters can easily fill half of their plates with rice. Others have pandesal & noodles as regular meal deprived of other nutrients derived from a well-balanced meal.
2. Under consumption of vegetables and/fruits: It is common for some to be content with rice & meat to satisfy their hunger and skip/take insufficient amount of vegetables/fruits. Fact is, the variety of colors found in Glow foods are important sources of vitamins & minerals to sustain our energy & keep us from getting sick.
3. Overconsumption of protein: Typical Filipino “SILOG” meals include double serving of proteins (e.g. Tapa+Itlog, Tocino+Itlog, Longanisa+Itlog, Bangus+Itlog). Eating different kinds of protein is fine for as long as they are taken in moderation. We must also avoid protein dishes served high in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Here are two stories about #MalnutritionTraps that our family can very much relate to:

Hapunan (Pamilya Unli-Rice)

Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! presents “Hapunan (Pamilya Unli-Rice)” Karaniwan sa mga Filipino ang kumain ng madaming rice kahit na konti lang ang ulam. Kaya naman napakarami sa mga Pinoy ang biktima ng tinatawag na Double Burden of Malnutrition.

Posted by Cookmunity by Ajinomoto Philippines on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Almusal (Puro Carbs)

Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! presents “Almusal (Puro Carbs)”

Baguhin ang nakasanayang “Rice-Noodle o all-carb diet”. Alamin kung paano natin lalabanan ang Double Burden of Malnutrition para maiwasan ang pagkakasakit.

Posted by Cookmunity by Ajinomoto Philippines on Thursday, December 20, 2018

To help us Filipinos break free from #MalnutritionTraps, Ajinomoto’s Culinary Nutrition Team prepared Healthy & Delicious Pinggang Pinoy® Recipes, downloadable through https://bit.ly/2HIsfkj. Busy and budget-restricted homemakers will also find these Pinggang Pinoy® recipes useful because all are easy-to-do and affordable (P250/day for family of 5).

For updates about Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo!, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH.

Kathryn and Liza’s Kitchen Best friend

The kitchen used to be a scary place for young people and cooking was a daunting task reserved for mothers and household helps. But technology played a role in guiding people around the kitchen. Nowadays, new cooks search online for cooking videos or check out “food hacks” to be able to produce any dish they want that they can, in turn, show off on social media.
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Young celebrities Kathryn Bernardo and Liza Soberano also enjoy cooking for their loved ones. They are the newest tandem to endorse AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. Apart from what can be found in the Internet, Kathryn and Liza became more confident cooks because they can rely on a brand of seasoning to make delicious home-cooked dishes by bringing out the natural goodness of food. Experienced cooks or kitchen newbies can make AJI-NO-MOTO® their best friend in the kitchen – an ally in serving nourishing and enjoyable dishes for the whole family.
The new AJI-NO-MOTO® TV Commercial features three (3) dishes to show the versatility of the product in making all kinds of dishes delicious. Among the dishes are the Omurice, a Japanese-inspired meal composed of rice and omelet, Kathryn’s Adobong Puti recipe, a different take on the classic adobo without soy sauce and the all-time favorite comfort food Beef Nilaga.

OMURICE

omuricev1INGREDIENTS:
Rice Mixture:
1½ tbsps         vegetable oil
¼ cup              garlic, peeled, minced
¼ cup              onions, peeled, minced
½ cup              ground pork
½ cup              frozen carrots
¼ tsp               ground black pepper
2 cups               cooked rice, short grain
1 teaspoon        soy sauce
1 teaspoon        AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
Egg Mixture:
1 tablespoon     vegetable oil
3 pieces              eggs, small, beaten
1/8 teaspoon     pulverized black pepper
1/2 teaspoon     AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning      
1/8 teaspoon     iodized salt
 
PROCEDURE:              
 
Rice Mixture

  1. Heat oil in a pan, sauté garlic and onions for one (1) minute over low heat.
  2. Add ground pork and cook until brown.
  3. Add carrots and black pepper.
  4. Add rice and stir-fry for another minute over medium heat.
  5. Add soy sauce, mix well.
  6. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and mix well.
  7. Remove from fire, mound the rice on plate then set aside.

Egg Mixture

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs until the whites and yolks are well combined.
  2. Add pulverized black pepper.
  3. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry the egg mixture.
  5. Remove fried eggs out of the pan and mold it well on top of the rice.
  6. Serve with catsup.

Makes 2-4 servings
Nutrition Information: Calories 457    Carbohydrates 44g    Protein 14g   Fats 25g

ADOBONG PUTI

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INGREDIENTS:
½ kilo         chicken, adobo cut
½ cup          vinegar
1/3 cup          garlic, peeled, crushed
1 piece           bayleaf, crushed
¼ teaspoon peppercorn, cracked
½ cup           water
½ cup           cooking oil for deep frying
1 teaspoon    AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1 tablespoon refined sugar
1 teaspoon     iodized salt
PROCEDURE:
1. Combine chicken, vinegar, garlic, bayleaf, peppercorn and water in a pot.
2. Let boil and lower heat. Simmer until tender.
3. Drain the chicken pieces from the broth.
4. Heat oil in another pan and deep fry chicken pieces. Return to the broth.
5 .Simmer until liquid has been reduced to half.
6. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami seasoning and sugar. Simmer for one (1) minute.
7. Add salt and mix well.
8. Serve hot.
Makes 4-5 servings
Nutrition Information: Calories 461   Carbohydrates 5g   Protein 18g   Fats 41g

NILAGANG BAKA

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INGREDIENTS:
2 ½ liters           water
1 teaspoon          black peppercorns
2 pieces               onion, medium-size, chopped
½ kilo                  beef shank, cut into serving pieces
2 pieces                corn, cut into five per piece of corn
2 pieces                potatoes, medium-sized, peeled, quartered
½ piece                small cabbage, quartered
1 ½ teaspoons    AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning
1 tablespoon        iodized salt
PROCEDURE:
1. In a casserole, put 2½ liters of water; add peppercorns, onions and beef.
2. Boil beef until tender.
3. Add corn and potatoes; boil for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add cabbage, mix well.
5. Sprinkle AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Add salt and mix well.
7. Serve hot.
Makes 4-5 servings
Nutrition Information: Calories 195   Carbohydrates 21g   Protein 21g   Fats 3g
 
AJI-NO-MOTO® can be widely used in a variety of dishes because it has no smell or specific flavor of its own and can therefore be used to enhance the original flavor of food. This is a safe and quality product that is made from natural crops like sugar cane, corn or cassava and manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. AJI-NO-MOTO® enhances taste of food by providing umami taste. Umami is the fifth basic taste also described as rich, savory and ‘malinamnam’ derived from food rich in glutamate like tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, ham and seafood.
Mommies, do you have your own AJI Recipe to share? 🙂