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Submitted: 05 September 2008 Modified: 09 October 2017
HERDIN Record #: PCHRD090408030945

Household milk consumption patterns in the Philippines.

Marina B. Barrozo,
Gracia M. Villavieja,
Josephine P. Boquecosa,
Corazon M. CerdeÃÆÃ,
Estrella F. Palafox

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This paper presents and discusses the milk intake patterns of Filipino households as extracted from the data of four series of national nutrition surveys conducted hi statistically selected household samples from 1978 to 1993 by the Food and NutritionResearch Institute, Department of Science and Technology. Data were gathered using one-day food weighing method. Nutrition surveys substantiated the observation on Filipino food habits that milk and milk products occupy little importance hi Filipino diet since they constitute only about 5% of the total day's food intake. Actual consumption amount was only about 44 grams per capita per day in the latest 1993 survey which is mostly used for infant feeding and as creamer to coffee by adults. Milk consumption was disclosed as heavier in the urban than hi the rural areas. It is also heavily consumed by households with bigger income and food expenditure as well as rnosewfth higher education. The trend in amounts of milk consumption from 1978 to 1993 has not changed substantially over the years, however, consumption of powdered milk has increased tremendously from 1982 to 1987 while evaporated and condensed milk exhibited a downward trend. Increased consumption of milk among Filipinos for either young and old should be underscored hi nutrition education and promotion particularly to correct gross dietary deficiency hi riboflavm and calcium. (Author)

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