July 9, 2020
Food

Food for ECQ Period to Boost Immune System — DOST

DOST, FNRI, food, immune system, ECQ, Covid-19

Media Release:

IT has only been the first quarter of a new decade, yet the world has already been confronted with disasters.

Just recently, the world was stricken by a novel coronavirus causing the Covid-19.

The Covid-19 is an infectious disease that can cause illnesses ranging from a mild cough to severe symptoms such as fever and difficulty in breathing.

Older persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are more susceptible to develop the severe illness that may result in death.

With the rise of positive cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, some neighboring provinces, and other major cities nationwide, everyone is seriously advised to practice proper hygiene and social distancing and stay healthy.

Moreover, the island of Luzon is already under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) that prompted people to stock up on grocery items.

For people who are in the comfort of their homes, it is important to purchase food items packed with essential nutrients to keep ourselves healthy and boost our immune system.

Here are some food items they can purchase:

1. Rootcrops

Aside from rice, root crops are excellent sources of carbohydrates for energy. Sweet potatoes and cassava are cheaper and more nutritious. They can be stored longer in the pantry. Root crops are also good sources of Vitamin C that can aid the body in fighting infections and diseases. They are safe alternatives for people with hypertension and diabetes because of their high fiber content and low glycemic index.

2. Eggs

Eggs are affordable and great sources of protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and K. These nutrients are essential in maintaining bodily functions and immunity.

3. Legumes

Legumes like munggo, kadyos, kidney beans and nuts are also good sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. They are less perishable and can be added to a variety of dishes.

4. Vegetables

Stock up on vegetables such as squash and carrots that have long shelf-life and are rich sources of beta-carotene and antioxidants.

5. Fruits

Vitamin C aids the body in fighting infections. This nutrient is abundantly found in citrus-fruits like guava, dalandan, and oranges. Other options that can be bought are raisins and dried mangoes that have longer shelf-life.

These food items can complete your daily needs for Go, Grow, and Glow foods! These can be bought aside from canned goods and instant noodles that are high in sodium
and artificial ingredients.

Try these healthy and nutritious food items to complete our diet and keep ourselves healthy. Use the Pinggang Pinoy as a guide in eating a balanced diet. Exercise, get enough sleep, and avoid stress during this quarantine period. Always wash hands before and after preparing food and eating!

For more information on the nutrition survey results or other food and nutrition concerns, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, DOST-FNRI Director, FNRI Building, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila; Direct Telephone Lines: 837-2934, 837-3164; Email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph , mar_v_c@yahoo.com ; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph; Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (DOST)

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