Tuloy ang ligaya! Villar backtracks from ‘unli rice’ ban proposal after public outrage
There is no imminent law prohibiting unlimited rice servings in restaurants, Sen. Cynthia Villar clarified on Thursday (June 15) after getting flak online for opposing such food promo.
“I am not planning to make a law banning ‘unli rice’ (unlimited rice), not at all. I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes,” she said in a statement.
“But of course, I cannot prevent people from eating unlimited amount of rice. It is their choice. It was just a genuine expression of concern on my part,” Villar stressed.
In a recent Senate hearing on rice importation, Villar, chair of the committee on agriculture and food, frowned on unlimited rice serving, saying it was bad for a person’s health. She said studies also showed citizens from countries that are self-sufficient in food supply have better diet.
“Mas better ang diet nila. Hindi masyadong maraming rice, may vegetable. If you really ask doctors, that’s a better diet,” she said.
“So dapat i-train na rin nating mga Filipinos not to eat too much rice kasi nagiging diabetic. And you know, it’s expensive to cure diabetes.
She said the Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (DepEd) should lead the promotion of healthy eating – teaching children to eat more vegetables and less rice.
Immediately after reports on the planned banning of “unli rice” promos, Villar became a trending topic on Twitter and drew online bashing and memes.
Villar acceded that it will be difficult to stop Filipinos from eating rice as the Philippines is a nation of rice-eaters. But to decrease health risks, cutting down on rice is still a good idea, she said.