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Senator Francis Pangilinan is sharing some advice on having nutritious foods while supporting local farmers and fisherfolk.

Pangilinan, who owns a farm in Cavite, gave the latest tips on the occasion of World Food Day on October 16. His healthy food tips ranged from buying local products, composting, to starting one’s own vegetable garden.

“Ngayong #WorldFoodDay, inihahandog namin sa inyo ang “8 Healthy Food Tips” na puwede nating gawing habit para maiwasan ang pag-aksaya ng pagkain at mapanatili ang malusog na ang katawan. Tandaan, ngayong panahon ng pandemya, malakas na panlaban din sa COVID ang malusog na pangangatawan,” he said.

The healthy food tips from farmer Kiko are the following:

  1. Keep it local.

Pangilinan said local fruits and vegetables are more affordable compared to their imported counterparts. “At dahil maikli lang ang biniyahe, bukod sa mas maganda ang kalidad ng mga gulay at prutas, nakakatulong pa tayong makabawas sa paggamit ng fossil fuels na masama para sa kalikasan. Tandaan, kapag mas malayo ang pinanggalingan, mas nakasasama sa kalikasan,” he said.

  1. Buy directly from local farmers and fishermen.

Pangilinan said local products are not only cheaper but are guaranteed fresh when served in the family table. “Bukod pa rito, makakatulong ka pa sa ating mga Pilipinong magsasaka at mangingisda para mas ma engganyo silang magpatuloy na magtanim dahil sigurado silang may bibili ng mga ani at huli nila,” he said.

  1. Know the fruits and vegetables for every season.

Pangilinan urged the public to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. “Kapag panahon ng Lanzones (August-December), huwag maghanap ng Mangga (March-June). Nakakatulong ka na sa pagbaba ng carbon footprint, siguradong mas mura, malasa at sariwa pa ang mabibili dahil hindi hinog sa pilit,” he said.

  1. Healthy in diversity.

Pangilinan also encouraged people to have a healthy and diversified diet that consists of different nutrient-rich sources of food. “Mas sari-sari, mas masustansya. Siguraduhing nakakakuha ng sapat na bitamina at sustansya ang katawan lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya. Ugaliing kumain o maghain ng gulay, prutas, karne o isda,” he said.

  1. Feed your heart.

Apart from eating healthy food, Pangilinan said the people should try volunteering at food banks and community kitchen to help others in need. “Maganda ito for your heart, soul and mental health. Just be sure to practice social distancing and always stay safe,” he said.

  1. Be a plantito and plantita.

Growing your own food is also another advice from the senator. “Nothing is more rewarding than eating your own harvest. Itabi ang mga binhi o buto ng mga gulay at itanim sa mga paso o bakanteng lote sa tabi ng inyong bahay,” he said.

  1. Feed your soil.

Pangilinan also urged people to start composting to reduce trash and promote healthy garden soil. “Siguradong matutuwa sa’yo ang iyong pananim, pero mas matutuwa rin sa’yo ang kalikasan,” he said.

  1. Bawal ang judgmental.

People should give other fruits and vegetables a chance even if they are misshapen, Pangilinan said.

“Bilhin, kainin, at huwag basta-basta itapon na lang lalo na kung ligtas naman kainin. Minsan mas mabibili pa sa murang halaga ang mga ‘ugly’ produce na ito. Tandaan, pangit man sila sa iyong paningin, may sustansiyang dulot pa rin,” he said.

Pangalinan gave an additional tip to consumers going to the groceries. He said they should try preparing a grocery list to avoid food wastage.

“Kapag may tirang mga pagkain, maging creative at huwag basta-basta itapon. Puwedeng gawing Mango shake ang overripe na Manga. Banana Bread ang malapit nang mabulok na Saging. O kaya naman mag-aral mag ferment ng mga tirang gulay at prutas, healthy na, iwas aksaya pa sa pagkain,” he said.

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