Food experts: Eggs ‘definitely good’ for daily consumption PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2015 17:50

by Nonoy Lacson

Food and nutrition experts, including dietician and medical practitioners, have all agreed that daily egg consumption does not pose any risk to people with normal health and that eggs are one of the best and most affordable sources of protein that are easily available to most Filipinos.

Gathered for the media launch of “The Good Egg” campaign at the Poultry Show & Fiestag 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City last Saturday,   August 15, 2015, the experts took turns in debunking myths that 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 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 Ms Perla Esguerra, Chief Dietician  of the Philippine Heart Center; Dr. Adela Ruiz, President of the Nutritionist-Dieticians’  Association of the Philippines (NDAP); and Ms Carla Porticos from research firm Insight Asia.

Insight Asia conducted an earlier study, and found out that the main barrier to eating eggs is cholesterol issue.

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 Mr. Edwin Mapanao, AVP  of 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 cafeterias and canteens, or commonly called out-of-home eating, while Ms Esguerra of the Philippine Heart Center reiterated that there is no clear science yet that eggs are harmful, adding that eating eggs once a day is definitely okay.

Director Cresencio of BAI for her part said regular consumption of egg can play a vital role in food security and providing livelihood to many Filipinos, particularly those who are engaged in raising layer ducks and chickens.

The media launch also featured an audio visual presentation, a pledge of commitment of the various groups supporting the advocacy, an egg toast,  as well as a mock trial of “The Good Egg” in a courtroom setting complete with a judge, a lawyer, a nutritionist, the defendant egg, and even placard-bearing supporters wearing “Justice for Itlog” shirts.

Dr. Colico of Sarimanok said the company, which does not produce or sell eggs, said the advocacy is mainly about improving the health of Filipinos in accordance with government nutrition and dietary guidelines by promoting egg consumption particularly among poor communities and even schools where food are usually deficient in proteins.

Mr. Mapanao for his part said The Good Egg is a long-term advocacy that should also help the agriculture industry and the country’s food safety and security programs. He said eggs not only offer good protein but are very affordable and widely available, and should be a good substitute for other popular but mostly processed and low-nutrient food products. — Nonoy E Lacson