MANILA, Philippines — An expert from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) reported that Filipinos are not consuming enough vegetables and fruits and are not meeting the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes (RENI) as set by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
NCSB Director For National Statistical Information Center Candido Astrologo Jr. blamed the continued mushrooming of fastfood chains in the country that often offer fried and unhealthy foods.
“The proliferation of fastfood chains and carinderias attracts household members to eat out instead of cooking at home. Urbanization and an increase in per capita income are factors associated with fastfood and carinderia consumption. About 40 percent of the sample households buy cooked foods outside their homes instead of cooking their own meals,” the 2008 Philippine Nutrition Facts and Figures report said.
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