Monday, March 5, 2012

Rice consumption of Pinoys on the rise

MALOLOS (July  20, '11) Rice is the primary staple food of Filipinos, and it constitutes the highest amount
of calories for energy in the typical daily diet. Its production and marketing are
important sources of income and employment for millions of Filipinos.

In relation to the importance of rice in the diet, the Food and Nutrition Research
Institute of the Department Of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) conducts food
consumption surveys (FCS) every five years to generate data on consumption of
rice and other foods eaten by Filipinos.

The results of said surveys showed that the average rice intake per person in 1993
was 272 grams per day, while in 2008, it was 307 grams with an increment of 35

The per capita intake of milled corn, a secondary Filipino staple food, was 34 grams
in 1993 and 18 grams in 2008, which implies that rice is more preferred than corn.

By region, consumption data showed that Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao,
Southern Mindanao and Western Mindanao consume a mixture of rice and corn.
With increasing rice intake, programs and policies should gear towards increasing
rice production such as brown rice, to minimize, if not totally avoid costly rice

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana,
Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and
Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num:8372934
and 8373164; email:,; FNRI-DOST
website: (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/IAA/PIA 3

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