by Mario B. Casayuran
The Senate agriculture and food committee is not planning to file a bill to ban the serving of unlimited rice (unli rice) in restaurants and other food establishments.
Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, committee chairperson, stressed this after she voiced her concern during her committee hearing last Wednesday that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes.
“I am not planning to make a law banning ‘unli rice’, not at all. But, of course, I cannot prevent people from eating unlimited amount of rice. It is their choice. It was just a genuine expression of concern on my part,” Villar said.
It was during her committee hearing last Wednesday on rice importation and other rice-related matters that the negative effects of eating too much rice was discussed.
Villar said that other countries promote a balanced diet that consists of a small portion of rice and a generous amount of vegetables.
“In schools in Japan, the students even discuss the nutritional value of their meals for the day before they eat. They also harvest the vegetables they eat from the garden in their school. Of course, we want our children and children’s children to grow up healthy,” she stressed.
Villar has urged the government departments such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Health (DoH) to align their programs in order to promote better nutrition and health among the young Filipinos.
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