Over the past few years, Filipinos learned to love going to fast-food restaurants offering unlimited rice options. Filipinos are known to be very fond of rice when it comes to their meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; that is why restaurants offering this option became a hit. But what if the unli-rice promos become banned? What would possibly happen?
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Senator Cynthia Villar proposed to ban unlimited rice promotions on restaurants as it does not promote healthy eating habits. Senator Villar said restaurants should serve more vegetables instead.
“Ipagbawal na yang unlimited rice, masama yan. Pagbawal na natin yang unlimited rice kasi nagkakasakit tayo gawa ng unlimited rice na yan; we should learn how to eat vegetables,” she said.
According to the senator, doing so will also help the government in achieving the rice self-sufficiency goal by 2020. Senator Villar is the current Chairwoman of Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.
“I think we should learn how to eat vegetables because it’s healthier. Kasi sasabihin mas mura ang rice sa vegetables eh ang mahal naman magpagamot ng diabetes,” she said during the hearing on rice production and consumption.
Aside from her fellow senators, representatives from the Department of Agriculture, National Food Authority (NFA), and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco, chairman of the NFA Council were present during the meeting.
As an advocate of healthier eating, Villar also suggested promoting the consumption of brown rice instead of well-milled and commercial rice.
“We should not encourage well-milled rice. Kung pwedeng brown rice, brown rice na lang. Kasi pag kinain mo, mabigat sa tiyan, konti lang nakakain mo.”
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SOURCE: GMA News Online