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Consider good nutrition this New Year celebration

Koronadal City—The Nutrition Committee of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato reminded the public to prepare healthy food this holiday season and cut back on salty, fatty sweet foods and soft drinks as much as possible.

Angela Frugalidad, Nutrition Officer, said these foods are staple on every Filipino household this New Year, but these are unhealthy.

“Have a little of everything,” she said, stressing on eating in moderation if one could not avoid these foods.

Frugalidad  pointed out to drink more water at least eight glasses everyday.

She recommended chicken, vegetable, fish and fruit-based food to prepare this New Year. These foods, she said, are easy to digest.

“A healthy and balanced diet will provide many benefits into our life in the future,” Frugalidad said.

What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to fight infections, as well as how likely we are to develop health problems later in life, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and different types of cancer, a World Health Organization tip this holiday season.

In South Cotabato, 8 out of top 10 causes of death are related to food-eating habits and lifestyle diseases and in the Philippines cancer of all forms is the major cause of death among Filipinos.

“Our body provides us longer life the way we wanted it to be through the foods we eat,” Frugalidad added.


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