Nutritionist highlights importance of Filipino veggies in cultural heritage
The woman behind Kalusugan + Kalakasan Center for Health and Wellness in San Diego, California has urged Fil-Ams to eat more locally-produced greens as part of culture and heritage.
“Knowing and eating Filipino food is important so that they learn to appreciate their culture, especially those who are born here,” Dr. Ofelia Dirige told Inquirer.
Dr. Dirige told his attendees at a Center for Asian Studies lecture that learning roots through food is a very vital aspect of heritage.
She also emphasized that contrary to others’ notion, eating “talbos” doesn’t make you a poor and kuripot person.
“When I was in the Philippines many years ago, camote or camote tops was a food of the poor. This is mostly true of the Tagalogs who live in Manila and urban areas. However, the Ilocanos have vegetables as a part of their regular diet. Think about pinakbet, dinengdeng,” Inquirer quoted the nutritionist and health advocate.