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PASOO Food Guide Pyramid

Posted on May 7, 2020 | No Comments on PASOO Food Guide Pyramid

The PASOO Food Guide Pyramid is the food pyramid guide developed by the Philippine Society for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) especially for Filipinos. The food pyramid guide for Filipino Adults aged 20-93 years was developed by PASOO in collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the auspices of Dr. Sanirose Orbeta, VP of PASOO and Dr. Rodolfo F. Florentino, former FNRI Director.

The PASOO Food Guide Pyramid has 5 stages. The first stage of the pyramid recommends the need for drinking many fluids such as water and fruit juices. This is because the human body is made up of 70% water. It must be noted that the fruit juices that are recommended are natural fruit juices extracted from the fruits and not instant powdered juices. The second stage recommends 5-8 servings per day of rice, which is the Filipino staple food, cereals, rootcrops, pasta and bread. This is the major source of energy for people. The third stage recommends 3 servings of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruits per day.

It is further advised that the fruits and vegetables should be washed appropriately to ensure that the chemical pesticides are sufficiently washed out. It is further recommended to eat organic vegetables and fruits or those which were raised in backyard farms which do not use chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The fourth stage of the pyramid one piece of egg and 3-4 servings of either chicken, fish, pork, beef and non fat dairy products like milk. These are the major source of protein which is the building blocks of life. At the top of the pyramid are the food that people should avoid or limit eating. This included sweets, desserts as well as junk food.

At the bottom of the pyramid which serves as its bigger base recommends the need for exercise in most days of the week for at least 30 minutes a day and the need to practice good personal and environmental hygiene. The food pyramid guide further recommends the need to eat a variety of food everyday to ensure that all nutrients are provide in proper amounts and balance. It also advised to use iodized salt (instead of ordinary table salt) and eating other fortified food (e.g. malunggay pandesal) to increase the intake of micronutrients.

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