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Feature: Pinoy teens value eating breakfast - FNRI

by Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Butuan City (12 February) -- Breakfast is the first and the most important meal of the day.

The word derives from "breaking the fast" after one has not eaten since the night before.

Notice how much better you feel in the morning and the rest of the day when you eat breakfast.

A study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) confirmed recently that attitude toward eating breakfast was strongly positive in public and private schools.

The study was carried out among 658 high school students in selected first to fourth year high students in two public and two private high schools in Metro Manila.

Findings of the study also revealed that majority of the adolescents or 98.2% reported taking breakfast.

When eating out, students from public schools ate breakfast at the school canteen, while students from private schools preferred fastfood as their venue for eating out. Most students from public schools took breakfast when mothers prepared it.

Results of the study may serve as a basis for program planners, parents and teachers in undertaking nutrition programs, like offering healthy breakfast in school canteens as a policy.

A good breakfast should consist rice or bread or cereals like oatmeal, egg or other protein-rich food, and vitamin-C rich fruits like papaya and a glass of milk.

For more information on the study, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Telephone/Fax No. 837-2934,837-3164; 837-20-71 loc. 2287, 837-8113 loc. 325 email:, FNRI-DOST website: http:// (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service) [top]

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