PIA News Service - Sunday, July 1, 2012


149 police recruits scheduled to take oath as trainees

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) -- One hundred and forty-nine police recruits comprising this year’s regular and attrition quota were expected to be sworn-in as trainees on Monday (July 2), at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, this city, a senior police official said.

PSupt. Martin M. Gamba, chief spokesman of the police regional headquarters here said that there were no changes so far for the scheduled oath-taking of the police recruits by Monday next week.

The recruits are expected to be transported to their regional training school at Camp George Barbers, Lipata, Surigao City right after the oath-taking ceremonies to start their six-month Police Basic Recruit Course training.

It should be remembered that DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo during his recent visit to the region said that although the Philippine National Police will intensify its recruitment processes to cope up with the police to population ratio particularly at the urban centers, yet aiming for a qualitatively trained police personnel will always be of primordial consideration. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Saturated Fat: The Real Story

By Josefina T. Gonzales

Why is saturated fat bad for you?

Eating a lot of saturated fat can increase the cholesterol level in your blood. High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of a heart attack; stroke and atherosclerosis.

Based on the result of the 7th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) the total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) also known as bad cholesterol, and triglyceride levels increased with age and reaching it peak from age 40-59 years for both males and females.

Is all fat bad for you?

The body needs small amounts of fat to help it work normally. However, some types of fat are healthier than others. There are two main types of fat in food, saturated fat, and unsaturated fat.

It is a good idea to eat less saturated fat, to reduce the health risks linked with high cholesterol levels.

Which foods contain saturated fat?

Saturated fats come mainly from animal sources such as fat in meat and poultry, chicken skin, butter and lard and milk and milk products.

Coconut and coconut products are 92% saturated fat but because of their chemical structure that is predominately composed of medium chain fatty acids, they do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and may help protect against heart disease.

Lauric acid is abundant in coconut oil and considered responsible for many of its health benefits. Studies conducted by Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor and the author of the book “ The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil” revealed that lauric acid boost immune system.

Coconut oil also has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.

Saturated fats also come from sweets and chocolate, deep fried foods, cakes and pastries and other snack foods such as chips and crisps.

Choose foods with lower levels of saturated fats. Below are some simple tips that may help you: Consume more fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber; Choose lean meat or skinless poultry; Trim the fat off, before you cook the meat; Grill or boil the meat instead of frying; Eat more of complex carbohydrates like boiled corn, boiled camote, native rice cakes like suman, biko and puto; Choose low fat dairy products like low fat milk and yoghurt; and Read the labels and choose foods that which contain less saturated fat.

For a healthy and longer life, eat a variety of foods everyday, consume more fruits and vegetables, maintain desirable body weight and practice healthy lifestyle! Follow the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

For more information about the NNS and on food and nutrition, you may contact contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296 or 2287; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (NCLM/FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Lathalain: Kamote, mainam na pampababa ng cholesterol

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Mahilig ba kayong kumain ng kamote?

Alam ba ninyo na bukod sa sustansyang taglay ng kamote ay mainam din ito na pampababa ng kolesterol?

Sa ginawang pag-aaral ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) sa anim na lamang-ugat tulad ng kamote, kamoteng-kahoy, gabi, ube at tugi, ang kamote at kamoteng kahoy ay may mahalagang epekto sa total blood cholesterol levels.

Ang kamote ay isa sa malimit itanim dito sa Pilipinas dahil ito ay tinuturing na isa rin sa mga pagkain o staple food gaya ng kanin at tinapay.

Ang kamote ay mayaman sa carbohydrates at carotene (katumbas ng bitamina A) depende sa kulay nito.

Ang dilaw na kamote ay mayaman sa carotene kumpara sa puti at lila na uri. Samantala ang puting uri ng kamote ay mas mayaman sa kalsyum kaysa dilaw na uri.

Mas mataas din ang taglay na iron at bitamina C ang puting kamote kaysa dilaw na uri.

Ang lilang kamote ay may pinakamataas na taglay na bitamina kaysa sa dilaw at puti na uri.

Nakasaad sa Gabay para sa Wastong Nutrisyon ng mga Pilipino na kumain na mas maraming gulay, prutas at lamang-ugat.

Laging tandaan na ang kamote ay di lamang masustansya ngunit mura din ito.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.  (NCLM/FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)