‘No junk food, only a junk diet’

Health Aug 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm

health1By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman

“THERE’S no junk food, only a junk diet,” said Divorah V. Aguila, Food and Nutrition Research Institute specialist and senior science research, at a media round-table discussion on June 28 about the Filipino diet.

She said even “junk food” like chips and chocolates have calories, which the body needs. It all boils down to the golden rule: everything in moderation and with limitations. But there is no one-size-fits-all measure when it comes to food limits and intake — these differ according to one’s weight, height, age, and body mass index.

“Junk food” like burgers, fries, and sodas — often consumed in urban areas in the Philippines — are needed by underweight children in rural places because they are rich in calories, which are needed for weight gain, she said.

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