According to the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, and the 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 consume whole grain. It also showed that, overall, 99% of Filipinos do not consume ≥48g of whole grain per day which is the US whole grain intake recommendation.
In response to these findings, Nestlé Philippines hosted a ‘master class’ event to discuss the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and encourage families to add more whole grain to their daily nutrition for a healthier future. I’m lucky to be part of the master class hosted by Bettina Carlos.
I learned the following:
What is a whole grain?
A grain is considered to be a whole grain as long as all three original parts — the bran, germ, and endosperm — are still present in the same proportions as when the grain was growing in the ﬁelds.
Why whole grains are important?
Whole grains are an important part of a growing child’s diet, providing them with vital nutrients to get through the day.
At the master class, Nestlé staff, nutrition experts, and the media explored the nutritious ingredients in KOKO KRUNCH® and we even prepare our own breakfast cereals.
“The 8th National Nutrition Survey clearly demonstrates the need to increase awareness amongst Filipinos on 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 Nutritional 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, and Africa.