Filipino Food Ranked

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By: Ms. Karynne Simon

After catching the attention of the Filipinos recognizing Sinigang as the world's “best vegetable soup”, the international food-cyclopedia, Taste Atlas, has published its ranking for “best Filipino food” topping off with Lumpiang Shanghai.

Filipinos got stirred with the results. Few of them agreed but most of them, well how should we call it, roasted the results!

Culinary experts and diners from all around the world gave Lumpiang Shanghai a 4.9 out of five-star rating. The Sinigang (4.8) comes in second, followed by the local morning staple Tocino (4.7). While these three belonged in the best tier Sisig (4.4), adobo (4.3), and Lechon (4.4) are on the great tier (4.2). Daing (3.8), Pinangat (3.6), and Torta (3.6) are proponents of the OK tier while Pinipig (3.3), Dinuguan (3.3), and Balut (2.6) are included in the worst tier.

Anti Cancer diet

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Do you know someone from your family such as a grandparent, parent or relative who has been diagnosed with cancer? Some of these cancers may be genetic or inheritable if:

● Two or more relatives in the family have been diagnosed with cancer
● More than one generation is affected such as grandparent, parent and your generation
● Cancer is diagnosed early under 50 years old
● Same cancer occurred in several family members

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then this article is for you! As part of our "Lose weight the right way: A Step-by-Step Guide" Series, this article focuses on the second important step in your weight loss or healthy living journey - the Self-Assessment Step which is divided into the ABCDE:

2nd RNC Meeting06 September 2021, Davao City -- The Regional Nutrition Committee XI (RNC XI), during its 2nd Virtual meeting, approved 6 new Resolutions for the year 2021. National Nutrition Council XI facilitated the conduct of said meeting via Google Meet together with the members of the RNC XI.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson presented the following draft Resolutions for the approval of the Committee:

1. Resolution No. 04, Series of 2021: Resolution Enjoining All Local Government Units of Davao Region to Organize a Local Bantay ASIN Task Force.
Following the approval of Resolution Organizing the Regional Bantay ASIN Task Force (RBATF) in Davao region in March 25 of this year, this resolution aims to encourage LGUs to replicate the same structure of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) to ensure proper implementation of RA 8172 at the community level. The Provincial/City/Municipality Bantay Asin Task Force (P/C/MBATF) will be composed of a chairperson, co-chairperson and members from LGU (doctor, nurse, midwife rural sanitary inspector, barangay health worker, barangay nutrition scholar or any worker from the local government depending on the situation at local level). Honorable Dmitri Sator, NAOPA XI President, moved for the approval of this Resolution and seconded by D/CNPC President Lynneth Demaisip.

nutrition for clinical depression

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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day which aims to raise awareness and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and to help one another in making informed actions on the early signs of clinical depression which may lead to suicide. Some of the symptoms of clinical depression are unintentional weight loss or gain, poor appetite, low mood and loss of interest in daily activities. Behavior patterns during depression include poor appetite, skipping meals and a dominant desire for sweet food. For individuals with depression, it is beneficial to seek professional support so an appropriate intervention may be given. In terms of nutrition, here are 5 tips on how to eat smart for individuals experiencing clinical signs of depression:

Image 1 Body CompositionHave you ever wondered why your weight doesn’t change even with calorie restriction and continuous exercise? If yes, then this article can help you understand the components that contribute to your overall weight and the different body composition that you must consider when trying to lose excess fat rather than just weight.

The image here shows the four main components of our body weight: water, fat, lean body mass and other components such as minerals from bone, carbohydrates and other substances that form the building blocks of our internal organs.


Our bodies are composed of 60 - 70 % water and may fluctuate everyday based on our water intake, urine output and water loss from sweat or exercise. A daily variation of 0.5 kg may be due to water loss or intake of 500 mL or around a half glass of water. Thus, it is recommended to take your weight measurement early in the morning with no food or water intake and after you have urinated to reduce the measurement variations due to water weight. Moreover, taking your weight after an exercise session may falsely decrease your weight due to water lost from sweat.

Lean Body Mass or Muscle Mass

The second greatest contributor to our body weight is muscle mass. For beginners, it is good to have a measurement of your muscle mass baseline using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) or In-Body Measurement available in gyms or estimated muscle mass percent using smart digital weighing scales. This will allow us to monitor whether your muscle mass is affected by a drastic calorie restriction or is increasing based on your physical activity. One of the factors that lead to a sudden drop in muscle weight is drastic calorie restriction from fad diets, fasting or medical conditions such as infection or cancer related muscle wasting. When you lose too much muscle, your metabolism slows down and may make it harder for you to burn excess fat - leading to a plateau phase. Thus, it is important for you to still eat adequately to preserve your muscle mass and combine physical activity such as strength training or weight training into your plan to maintain muscle even on a calorie-controlled diet.

Lab Results

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Are you now trying to shift to a healthier diet because your doctor told you that you had high blood sugar, prediabetic or diabetic or you had high cholesterol levels or simply trying to prevent the onset of these conditions through healthy living? If yes, then this article is for you! As part of our "Lose weight the right way: A Step-by-Step Guide" Series, this article focuses on the second important step in your weight loss or healthy living journey - the Self-Assessment Step which is divided into the ABCDE:

  • Anthropometric Assessment
  • Biochemical Assessment
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Ecological Assessment

This article will focus on the Biochemical Assessment. This step allows you to make an objective assessment of your current nutritional status based on your recent lab results and how they might affect your weight loss or healthy living journey. We will cover: Hemoglobin, Fasting Blood Sugar, HbA1c, Lipid Panel and Thyroid Function Tests.