Friday, July 24, 2020

Herbalife Nutrition Survey Reveals Filipinos Need to Close Nutrition Knowledge Gap

“The results of the quiz and the survey show that there is a significant nutrition knowledge gap among Filipinos. We hope to help close the gap to empower them with the nutrition knowledge they need to make better nutrition choices. This is a good sign, so the next step is helping them achieve this. Our peak bone mass (max bone size and strength) is dependent on calcium intake and reaches its peak by age 30. However, sufficient calcium intake throughout life can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Protein powder can be as good as protein from natural foods if derived from high-quality sources. For instance, soy protein from soybeans is a complete protein, providing a full range of nine essential amino acids for the body’s nutrition requirements.” ~Sridhar Rajagopalan, Senior Director, Sub-Region Head, and General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines
Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, President, International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
Filipino receive low scores in general nutrition knowledge quiz conducted by Herbalife Nutrition. Only 19% of Filipino consumers got 50% of the answers correct in a general nutrition knowledge quiz conducted by premier global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition. The quiz was administered as part of Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Nutrition Myths Survey 2020, the survey was conducted with 5,500 respondents in March 2020:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam 

To test the nutrition knowledge of the survey participants, the quiz included a total of 48 “True or False” questions spanning nine nutrition areas - general nutrition, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, weight management, and breakfast. 

Filipinos are not well-informed of Nutrition Knowledge. Most of the Filipino consumers who took part in the survey expressed that they were not well-informed about nutrition, even as 52% claimed that they were strongly confident about their nutrition knowledge. Only almost 4 in 10 Filipinos believe that they are very too extremely informed on Nutrition Knowledge.
Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, President, International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
Only 7% among those surveyed said that they were extremely confident about their nutrition knowledge. Fifty-four percent claimed that they were only somewhat well-informed.

Filipino consumers, however, expressed that they believe in the importance of balanced nutrition. It is among the top three nutrition advice that they were most interested in along with how to improve ailment/condition through nutrition and managing weight through nutrition.

10 Rules in Boosting the Immune Health

  1. High-quality protein supply
  2. WHole cereals intake, rich supply of vitamin B complex
  3. Vegetables, fruits, and mushroom
  4. Garlic, onion, and ginger into a diet
  5. Less oil and fried foods: reduce 20% of oil intake everyday could increase 40% of immune function
  6. Less sugar intake. Prevent to drink or eat sugar-added drink and foods Reduce 100 grams of sugar intake everyday could increase 50% of white blood cells function
  7. Probiotics
  8. Multiple vitamins and minerals supplements
  9. One apple or pear per day
  10. Hydration

Suggestion for body weight control

  • Smart eating
  • Happy motion
  • Weighing everyday
  • Change lifestyle

  • What Filipinos Got Right and Wrong About Nutrition Knowledge

Majority of the Filipino respondents (85%) falsely believe that one needs sufficient calcium intake at any age to optimize peak bone mass for bone health.

When it comes to fats, 68% got it right that fats provide the body with energy but only 42% correctly believed that it helps the body absorb vitamins.

80% correctly said that exercise helps the body rebuild muscles and increase lean muscles. However, 51% of falsely believe that protein powder is not a healthy source of protein as compared to a protein found in natural foods.

94% of the Filipino consumers were right in their belief that fruits and Vitamin C supplements can help boost immunity and resistance to infection. Among the APAC respondents, they were the highest in this belief.

  • Online Myths and Misinformation: Top Barrier to Gaining Accurate Nutrition Knowledge

While 47% of Filipino consumers believed that it is extremely important to be educated with proper and accurate nutrition knowledge, they also said that too much misinformation and myths online prevent them from gaining accurate nutrition knowledge (39%).

The other top barriers were lack of information from government websites and health authorities (22%) and the lack of information from healthcare professionals (17%).

Sridhar Rajagopalan, Senior Director, Sub-Region Head, and General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines

Dietary Interventions
  • Targeted daily caloric deficit of 500 kcal

Subjects randomized into one of the two dietary regimens:
  1. Protein-rich diet
  2. COnventional diet

Subjects met individually with the dietician at baseline, weekly for one month, and then monthly.

  • Both the Herbalife-program and the conventional diet produced significant weight loss.
  • Weight and fat mass loss was significantly greater in the Herbalife group.
  • Criteria of the metabolic syndrome were reduced more in the Herbalife group than in the conventional diet group.
  • No major adverse side effects occurred in either group.

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About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent members since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial members who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

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