Eat Well, Live Well with Pinggang Pinoy® + Free Recipes!

The 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.
Practicing Pinggang Pinoy.
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.
Mag-Pinggang Pinoy tayo!
As a kid, I used to eat lots of high-carb food, especially for breakfast. My grandmother, who took care of us when we were kids, was also a working as a public school teacher back then and had little time to prepare a 'balanced breakfast' for my siblings and I. Rice and noodles, pan de sal with cheese, white bread with margarine - these were our typical morning meals before we all make a mad dash for school. So it's not surprising that my sibs and I were on the heavy side for the most part of our childhood and teenage life.

Not wanting to make this same mistake with my son, I adopted the Pinggang Pinoy® concept in preparing meals for my family. You too, can break free from these #MalnutritionTraps with the help of these Healthy & Delicious Pinggang Pinoy® Recipes, carefully selected and prepared by Ajinomoto’s Culinary Nutrition Team. 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). You can download the recipes here.
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  1. When someone writes an piece of writing he/she retains the thought of
    a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware of
    it. Therefore that's why this paragraph is great. Thanks!

  2. I need to check out the Pinggang Pinoy® food guide to make sure I'm eating proper perportions. I always worry about the grankids getting what they need nurtitionally as well because they don't like many vegetable.

  3. i think this is a common problem across many countries, too much sugar and meat, not enough veggies.

  4. How interesting! I have never heard of this before and that's really neat!

  5. I always want to serve Healthy & Delicious lunch and dinner to my family, but because of the same menu they don't like tha but i think Pinggang Pinoy Recipes will help me out.

  6. This is awesome and it comes with free recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. SO many people emphasizing eating protein, but you can over do it, that's for sure!

  8. Isheshare ko ito Czjai!
    Pinoy din ako!
    this will really aid in solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition!

  9. This definitely a great project. I remember when. I was a kid we eat lot of carbohydrates and it was not helping but I changed my diet so changing of diet help curb this.

  10. I don’t eat fruit due to being on a special diet, but I do eat a lot of veggies.

  11. Interesting advice, I think it is important to remember that everybody needs different nutrition for their body depending on their situation.

  12. very interesting recipes and great project. everybody loves free stuff

  13. I'm sure after reading this that I'm not doing things correctly. Thanks for the info.

  14. ive never heard if this. thankyou for sharing this very informative article

  15. I love this so much! Every single recipe sounds amazing, I’ll definitely be adding this to my list of things to try!

  16. Sounds like an amazing recipes to try. I love finding a new recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow.

  17. Oh wow! Sounds amazing! I love saving new recipes like these! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks for providing more information on the Pinggang Pinoy campaign and the ways to stay healthy.

  19. All these recipes sounds amazing, tasty and healthy. I am saving it

  20. This is great! It's so hard to get all of the major food groups and healthy balanced diet throughout the day!

  21. wow!! Really reading your delicious story here, hope I can make this one day myself to taste it : D Love your captures posted
    Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  22. I’m conscious of correct portion sizes but try to keep away from carbs usually
    Thanks for this info!


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