EGGS: DEFINITELY GOOD FOR DAILY CONSUMPTION
DID YOU KNOW that the egg we all know is a good egg that can help keep the doctor away and is definitely good for daily consumption? Food and nutrition experts, including dietitians, agree that daily egg consumption does not pose any risk to people with normal health. They also disclosed that eggs are one of the best and most affordable sources of protein that are easily available to most Filipinos.
Gathered for the recent launch of “The Good Egg” campaign at the Poultry Show and Fiestag 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the experts took turns in debunking myths that say eggs cause heart problems and hypertension, and presented scientific studies that show the positive effects of daily egg consumption.
Resource persons for the egg consumption advocacy include ranking officials of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) led by nutritionist Consuelo Orense, who represented FNRI Executive Director Dr. Mar Capanzana, and former Director Dr. Celeste Tanchoco, who authored an FNRI study that says daily egg consumption poses no health risk to normally healthy adult Filipinos.
The FNRI officials also expounded on the agency’s banner program called “Pinggang Pinoy,” which promotes a balanced diet for Filipinos.
Also in attendance were Perla Esguerra, Chief Dietitian of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC); Dr. Adela Ruiz, president of the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP); and Carla Porticos from the research firm Insight Asia.
Insight Asia conducted an earlier study that found that there are very low egg consumption rate in the Philippines compared to neighboring Asian countries because Filipinos wrongly perceive eggs to be high in bad cholesterol.
Other speakers included Dr. Fe Marie Alejandre-Colico, Business Unit Head of Sarimanok Poultry, which is spearheading the campaign; Atty. Irwin Ambal, president of the Philippine Egg Board; Dr. Rubina Cresencio, Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry; and Edwin Mapanao, AVP, Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company, the mother company of Sarimanok.
Dr. Ruiz of NDAP discussed how eggs can make a difference in improving the Filipinos’ daily diet, especially in schools, through the menus of cafeterias and canteens. Esguerra for her part reiterated that there are no clear correlations between aggs and bad cholesterol, adding that eating eggs once a day is definitely okay.
Director Cresencio of BAI said the regular consumption of eggs can play a vital role in food security and providing a source of livelihood for many Filipinos, particularly those who are engaged in raising layer ducks and chickens.