Since June 25, 1974, July has been officially declared Nutrition Month through Presidential Decree No. 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines.
But even though it's been that way for nearly 40 years, it seems that aside from the health sector, only the academe observes this.
So, let’s talk about good nutrition while it's still in fashion.
MARIAN RIVERA'S VEGGIE DIET. Having good nutrition means living a healthy lifestyle. And that is what number one sexiest woman, Marian Rivera, and other FHM Philippines 2013 Sexiest Women, live by example.
GMA-7's primetime queen told the media how she prepared for the recently-concluded victory party for the magazine, held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, last July 10.
"No choice siya [Dingdong Dantes], salad lang kami palagi,” she beamed about the kind of diet she and her boyfriend took together prior to the event.
FAVORITE VEGGIES. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the other ladies about their favorite vegetables and how they keep a healthy lifestyle.
Aubrey Miles, who led the FHM citizens to exotic places that night, likes broccoli, “Kasi iyon ang pinaka-healthy vegetable na na-discover ko.”
This hot mama, who keeps herself busy outside showbiz with a new pawnshop business, loves eggplant as well.
“Pero ayoko ng nilaga,” she noted.
Glaiza De Castro, who has not graced the magazine’s cover yet, surprisingly agreed to walk the ramp for the first time this year.
The Kapuso star loves ampalaya, “Dahil okay sa dugo.”
She admits that she lessens her intake of carbohydrates and chocolates whenever she prepares for a project.
“Sobrang hirap, pero kapag kinakailangan, dini-deprive ko ang sarili ko sa mga iyon.”
Andrea Del Rosario, on the other hand, loves leafy vegetables.
Although she “eats anything,” the original VIVA Hot Babe also craves for broccoli, because of its dietary fiber.
Ritz Azul—who made her debut appearance in the magazine last year and the annual party this year—shortlists broccoli, Baguio beans, and talbos ng kamote (sweet potato leaves) among her favorite veggies.
As the Kapatid star proudly says, “Bata pa lang kasi ako puro veggies na, hindi ako nasanay sa puro meat.”
Meanwhile, Bangs Garcia hates ampalaya, “Kasi mapait,” but loves tomatoes (which is technically a fruit), “dahil pampalinaw ng eyes sabi ng dad ko.”
The Kapamilya star confessed that she is, to her own words, “carnivorous,” but she religiously takes fish oil supplement, “Dahil mawawala ang cholesterol sa katawan mo.”
Judging from their choices, broccoli ranks as the most favorite veggie among these sexy women. But why?
Wikipedia reads that broccoli belongs to the cabbage family and is “rich in Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties.”
This veggie also helps prevent heart disease, and is believed to aid in blocking the growth of cancer cells.
According to medical website globalhealingcenter.com, it is also high in folic acid, “allows the body to perform many essential functions including nucleotide biosynthesis in cells, DNA synthesis and repair, red blood cell creation, and prevention of anemia. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is well known for its application in the prevention of fetal deformities, Alzheimer’s disease, and several types of cancer.”
Broccoli or not, vegetables must always be part of our daily menu.
As the Filipino saying goes, “'pag kumain ng gulay, hahaba ang iyong buhay.”