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PIA Press Release
2009/02/02

DepEd conducts orientation-training cum demo on cooking malunggay-based recipes

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (2 February) -- In support to the Food-for-School program and the "Gulayan sa Paaralan" project, the Department of Education conducted an orientation-training cum demonstration on how to cook malunggay-based recipes, Friday at Candy's Function Hall here.

Resource Speaker Dr. Rene V. Salar, DepEd Regional Nutritionist-Dietician II based in Tacloban City presented on how to prepare and cook malunggay-based recipes which have been kitchen-tested. Preparation of the dishes were presented in the simplest manner that can be undertaken in each households.

"Malunggay is one of the most nutritious plants ever discovered by researchers," Salar said in her short lecture on the nutritional benefits of moringa (malunggay) during the one-day activity attended by DepEd nurses and health educators throughout the province and some members of the Provincial Nutrition Council-Technical Working Group.

It was learned that malunggay leaves are loaded with nutrients. Gram for gram, it also contains two times the protein of milk and three times the potassium in bananas and four times the vitamin A in carrots. It was also claimed that an ounce of malunggay has the same vitamin C content as seven oranges.

Known to be the "miracle vegetable", malunggay is abundant in our country and can be easily propagated, Salar further noted.

During the hands-on training, DepEd personnel who facilitated the activity introduced three malunggay recipes such as the Malu Crispies as one of the main dishes, Moringga Orange-Kalamansi Juice as a drink and how to prepare Malunggay Tea.

There are at least 21 main dishes that can be prepared out of malunggay leaves, and snacks and drink concoction can also be made to strengthen the immune system since it contains medical properties such as iron, high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol in addition to vitamins C and A.

DepEd is hopeful that recipes using malunggay for school feeding program can eradicate deficiency symptom and can improve the nutritional status of the students throughout the country.

The day activity was also attended by DepEd School Physician Dr. Consolacion S. Ruflo, Officer-in-Charge-Asst. Division Superintendent Dr. Arturo S. Isip, Nurse Coordinator Teresita L. Marquez, Dentist III Nicholina P. Caube and Public Health Nurse Oliver I. Cadavos, all based in Southern Leyte. (rgcadavos, PIA-Soleyte) [top]

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