By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon has encouraged the development of home gardens among Filipino households as it promotes good nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
“A home garden is the easiest ways of ensuring access to a healthy diet that contains adequate macro- and micronutrients. Kailangan lang dito ay tamang pag-aalaga at tiyaga at pagkalipas ng ilang buwan may fresh veggies kana for consumption,” said Regional Nutrition Outcome Manager Jellie Ann Palencia.
[A home garden is the easiest ways of ensuring access to a healthy diet that contains adequate macro- and micronutrients. All it needs is proper care and management of plants and in just a few months, they will have vegetables ready for consumption.]
The DOH-Calabarzon said that some of the “easy-to-grow local vegetable seeds” that can be planted at home include eggplant, ladies’ finger (okra), tomato, string beans, pumpkin, and bitter gourd (ampalaya).
“Once these seeds are properly planted in a plant box, a pot, or a can it will provide households with quality, fresh produce vegetables. It is one way of improving household food security and alleviating micronutrient deficiencies,” said Palencia.
Palencia said that those who consume more vegetables have a lower risk of developing a heart illness.
“People who consume more vegetables have lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who take diet rich in animal-based protein who later develop a buildup of plaque in their heart’s arteries,” she said.
“And more so, vegetarians have smaller waists, lower stress, healthy immune system, they have lower risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, lower body mass index blood sugar and lower the risk of cancer and most important – they live longer,” she added.