Herbalife Nutrition Survey Reveals Filipinos Need to Close Nutrition Knowledge Gap
Filipinos have a serious nutrition knowledge gap, as evident in a recent quiz conducted by premier global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition.
Held in March 2020, the questionnaire was part of Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Nutrition Myths Survey 2020. It had 5,500 respondents from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Included in the quiz were 48 “True or False” questions covering nine nutrition areas, from general nutrition to protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, weight management, and breakfast. The test aimed to know the nutrition knowledge of the survey participants. Only 19% of Filipino consumers got 50% of the answers correct.
Good thing then that Herbalife Nutrition Philippines steps up to close the gap and empower Filipinos with the nutrition knowledge they need to make better nutrition choices. The company is keen on helping Filipino consumers achieve better decisions with regards to nutrition.
On calcium intake
Sridhar Rajagopalan, Senior Director, Sub-Region Head, and General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines said that the peak bone mass (max bone size and strength) depends on our calcium intake. It likewise reaches its peak by the time we reach age 30. However, sufficient calcium intake throughout life can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. This knowledge is to correct what 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.
On protein powder
Rajagopalan clarified that “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,”
Top Barrier to Gaining Accurate Nutrition Knowledge
47% of Filipino consumers believed that it is essential to be educated with proper and accurate nutrition knowledge. However, they also said that too much misinformation and myths online prevent them from gaining specific nutrition knowledge.
Other barriers, too, are not substantial information from government websites and health authorities and even the lack of information from healthcare professionals.
Need to Close Nutrition Knowledge Gap
Herbalife Nutrition is committed then to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world. The company does this through its community-led development and educational programs and informative talks. And just recently, corrected the misinformation Filipino consumers knew about nutrition through an online media engagement with Dr. Chin-Kun Wang. Dr. Wang is a member of the Nutrition Advisory Board of the Herbalife Nutrition.