Health officials in the Philippines are urging Filipino food consumers to start cooking with natural ingredients and not to limit what they consume.
The National Health Council (NHC) said that in a recent survey of Filipinos, more than 70 percent said they consume at least one ingredient in their Filipino food and almost two-thirds of them say they consume it as a condiment.
The NHC said that the new guidelines would also help Filipinos to reduce the amount of sugar they eat.
“We believe that this recommendation is the most effective and will help Filipino food companies and consumers make better decisions about how to maximize the benefits of their products,” said Dr. Francisco V. Nunez, a nutritionist and NHC official.
According to the NHC, Filipino food contains over 300 ingredients, including sugar, salt, starch, protein, vegetable oils, fats and vitamins A and C.
Filipinos are also more likely to use rice, corn and soy products.
They are also a large portion of Filipino products exported to Japan.
Food companies are also likely to invest in new products that are healthier.
The Philippines has been experiencing a rise in the number of coronavirus infections, which have been linked to the use of imported products.
The coronaviruses are also being transmitted to the country through the consumption of contaminated meat and seafood.
In December, the government banned the import of processed meat from Japan, which has been blamed for a spike in coronaviral infections in the country.