By Nazarene Leyco
It may sound as simple and boring it can be but what she actually does impacts the populace around the world and may shape the future of global food system.
As the saying goes “you are what you eat,” and on this old adage she can say few things or more on how food shape our health and well being.
Amway and Nutrilife bring in to the country Alli Klosner, a nutritional investigator to talk about the importance of knowing the nutritional requirements of the body every time it’s fed and to know as well what is necessary and trash.
Generally, most people tend to stuff themselves with all sorts of diet and delicacies and think that they get the right nutritional values that their body needs but what recent study shows maybe shocking and hard to chew as well.
Klosner is taking the daunting challenge of educating the world bit by bit about the bad habits people do everytime they take their meals. And she came to the Philippines to carry out her tasks of battling old habits, bad practices and norms that are unhealthy and non-beneficial to the body.
However, it would be a greater advantage to everybody to simply know what the body needs and what it wants and what type of nourishment it gets from anything that goes inside the mouth down to the stomach.
“It’s a big challenges for us to making people understand about their own nutritional health and that their nutritional gap widely depends on their eating habits, lifestyles and sometimes cutltures.”
In a country where starvation is a serious issue and more pressing than nutrition, people couldn’t care less what they really put on their table meal from breakfast to supper.
“Sometimes its really frustrating and perflexing why people don’t realize what they are really missing, like in the case of Filipinos who are situated in an agricultural setting, which gives them an access to vegetables, fruits and other bounties from nature,” she asks.
Klosner along with her fellows in Amway, is looking to furthering functional botanical library technologies (includes a wide variety of botanicals assayed into many functional benefits in attest to -phytonutrient fingerprinting, categorizing it as well and supplementation of proper foods to those needing them badly.
“I have been traveling to different parts of the world to conduct literary researches, looking for regulatory environment, to gain knowledge on nutritional gap of every country, and to help them understand the biological mechanisms of some of the key ingredients of their supplements people need for their nourishments,” the young Klosner explains.
She was talking about the recent report by the World Health Organization, revealing that the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended fill the big gap from what people actually eat. That gap can be caused by busy schedules, limited access to any or a variety of fresh produce, as well as personal taste preferences.
The World Health Organization recommends eating at least 400 g, or five servings, of fruits and vegetables per day, but approximately 75 percent of people around the world fail to meet that minimum recommendation.Supplements can improve core nutrition and deliver the quantity and variety of nutrients that experts recommend. Plant-based supplements are a convenient way to enrich the quantity and variety of phytonutrients in the diet.
In an effort to narrow if not bridge the nutrition gap, Nutrilite Health Institute, a world leader in phytonutrient research for optimal health, is releasing new research findings in the 2014 Nutrilite Global Phytonutrient Report, one of the few reports that examines global fruit and vegetable intake, availability and potential impacts on health.
“There is little information available on the variety of daily consumption of fruits and vegetables on a global basis and how it affects health. This data shortfall makes it challenging to assess the role of variety on health, as well as to make robust estimates of phytonutrient intakes.”
This study provides a better understanding of fruit and vegetable consumption around the world and makes inferences about phytonutrient intake. Ultimately, this study points to the need for future research about fruit and vegetable consumption and the associated phytonutrients. This will allow for a better understanding of the role that these foods play in the maintenance of optimal health.
“Filipinos should start lifestyle of fruit and vegetable diet as they are very good one’s health.”
People are not having enough fruits and vegetables as they are sometimes attributed to various factors such as availability, lack of access, or lack of education. Most people would prefer processed food and ignore the benefits of eating a large variety of nutritional diet. So, unless you can sell the benefits for making that healthier choice, a lot of people will go for what immediately hits the spot, rather than following through on making consistent healthier choices and reaping the long-term benefits,” she says.
As a response and at the same time a resolve to educate and reach out to less fortunate Filipinos, Amways is giving away little bits or micronutrient powder package designed for children, to be mixed in the foods.
This power packs are not to be sold or distributed to stores or any outlets but to be given freely poor families through select NGOs, and other partners.