Agriculture - - Myths Debunked - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

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.

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