Promoting Food Quality for Myanmar People. Introduction

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1 Promoting Food Quality for Myanmar People Dr Theingi Thwin Director (Research) Department of Medical Research Myanmar Health Forum, July, 2015 Food quality Introduction the quality characteristics of food that is acceptable to consumers includes external factors as appearance (size, shape, color, gloss, and consistency), texture, and flavor; and internal factors (chemical, physical, microbial). an important food manufacturing requirement sanitation requirements deals with labeling issues to ensure ingredient quality and nutritional information product traceability, (e.g., of packaging suppliers) 1

2 High-quality foods include unrefined, minimally processed foods such as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy sources of protein. Lower-quality foods include highly processed snack foods, sugarsweetened beverages, refined (white) grains, refined sugar, fried foods, foods high in saturated and trans fats, and high-glycemic foods such as corn flakes, extruded cereal breakfast cereals There isn t one perfect diet for everyone, due to individual differences in genes and lifestyle. Foods of Poor Nutritional Quality One or more of the following criteria > 35% of total calories from fat, excl: nuts, seeds, peanut > 10% of calories from saturated + trans fat > 35% added sugars by weight > 770 mg sodium for meals, And do not contain any of the following: Half a serving of fruit or vegetable 51% or more (by weight) whole grain ingredients Beverages of poor nutritional quality include: Soft drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened iced teas Fruit-based drinks with <50% real fruit juice or that contain added sweeteners Beverages containing caffeine, excluding low-fat Dietary High-fat Guidelines milk for (whole Americans or 2%) 2

3 % of daily calorie intake % of daily calorie intake % of daily calorie intake 7/29/ Carbohydrate Consumption Fat Consumption Balance Diet Urban Rural 0 Balance Diet Urban Rural 16 Consumption Low SE 10 8 Middle SE 6 4 High SE 2 0 Balance Diet Urban Rural Animal Iron bioavailability of Myanmar diet Calcium Intake of Myanmar people 5% 2.3% 4.9% 3

4 Complementary foods Safety of food Aflatoxin B1 levels in commercially available chili powder in Yangon markets Lead contamination on Myanmar foodstuffs prepared or stored in ceramic potteries 4

5 Safety of food Intake of nitrites and nitrates from processed meats by primary school children Pesticides residues in vegetables and fruits Safety of food Detection of verotoxin E coli in street vended grill meat Detection of formalin content in sweetened condensed milk Detection of bacterial contamination some local brand milk and milk products 5

6 Rice noodle with fish gravy Fat 24% 268 Cal 20% 57% Rice with boiled garden pea 426 Cal Fat 13% 13% 75% Pickled tea leaves salad 467 Cal 18% Fat 67% 15% 6% 56 Cal 94% Rice cake with Jaggery 118 Cal Fat 29% 62% 9% Plain Cake 6

7 Promoting diet quality for Myanmar People Improve dietary diversity Intensify nutrition education Increase awareness to choose nutritious foods Search nutritive values of commonly consumed foods and currently popular foods Update and upgrade food composition data Develop International Standard Food and Nutrition Laboratory Promoting food quality for Myanmar People Availability and accessibility of nutritious foods Educate food manufacturers, workers, handers, & street venders on sanitation Awareness of food safety Regular monitoring of food for safety Enforcement of food law Establish food safety and quality testing laboratory 7

8 Access to nutritionally adequate and safe food is a right of each individual. The area of food and nutrition deserves to be invested for long term national development. 8

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