3 Lessons I Learned From Del Monte Pineapple A Day

Two servings of Del Monte Pineapple a day keeps the doctor away.

God has blessed us with a daughter who rarely gets sick. I largely credit this to extended breastfeeding, administration of vaccines on time, and pedia-approved vitamin supplements. However, when she gets sick, my world literally and figuratively stops. My daily activities and even writing for the blog take a backseat. This is a time in a mom’s life that you’d always hear her say, “Sana ako na lang ang nagkasakit.” It is very difficult when sickness strikes not only because it is physically and financially exhausting but because of the missed opportunities in our child’s life. Each childhood memory counts.

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Admittedly, I am in a stage wherein feeding my 4-year-old is a challenge. Noa is now starting to assert the food that she likes to eat. I am all for supporting our children’s right to speak their mind and help build their confidence in the choices that they make. But when it comes to food, as a mom myself, I feel it is my duty to intervene especially when I notice that her food choices has become monotonous and unhealthy.

What is your child’s favorite food these days? Hopefully, you named a fruit or a vegetable in your head. If not, join me in my quest for healthier food alternatives for our children.

Del Monte Pineapple A Day: A Round Table Discussion with Moms

On August 18, 2015, Del Monte hosted an event at the Museum (M) Cafe and gathered mommy bloggers for an exchange of information on how to improve our school-aged child’s nutrition.

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Del Monte invited experts like Dr. Marina B. Vargas from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Dr. Leonora Panlasigui, Dean of Philippine Women University’s (PWU) School of Nutrition, and a representative of Del Monte Philippines, Ms. Mai Gonzales. They also invited me and Louise Fandino of Mommy Practicality to share our mom insights and experiences about our children’s health and nutrition.

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(L-R) Ms. Mai Gonzales (Del Monte Philippines Inc.), Yours Truly, Louise Fandino (Mom/Blogger, Mommy Practicality), Dr. Leonora Panlasigui (PWU), Dr. Marina Vargas (FNRI) as panelists for Del Monte Pineapple A Day Round Table Discussion

As a member of the panel, there are three (3) important take-home lessons I learned from my fellow panelists and even from my fellow mom bloggers who were present at the event.

The first speaker for the day was Dr. Marina Vargas from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). She presented the study they conducted on the current nutrition and diet plan composition of Filipinos according to age group nationwide in 2013.

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Dr. Marina Vargas of the Food & Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)

To summarize, their studies found out that there is really a noticeable decline in our daily consumption of fruits and vegetables in our meals especially with school aged kids. I personally think the reason behind the drop is the presence of too many fast food restaurants in the urban areas like Metro Manila today.

“Well, I don’t think the provinces have this eating problem.” Think again. This fact is the most surprising realization I had while sitting down on the panel couch. When it is true that some provinces have a high fruit and vegetable consumption, there are more fruit basket provinces who hit the bottom. The reason at play is the fruit and vegetable farmers and producers on these provinces opt to export or sell their produces to the city for livelihood and profit.

Lesson #1: A Filipino school-aged child’s fruit and vegetable consumption is low both in most urban and rural areas according to Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

What can we do as moms to improve our children’s fruits and vegetables intake? To address this concern, Dra. Leonora Panlasigui conducted a study together with a team of nutrition and medical experts partnered with the school and parents to find out if there is any benefit when a canned pineapple is added on a daily basis to a child’s diet.

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Dr. Panlasigui divided 98 children respondents into three groups. The first group was given a serving of drained (syrup removed) Del Monte Pineapple, second group two servings everyday, and the third group, no pineapple servings at all for nine (9) weeks. One serving of pineapple weighs 140 grams.

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Two servings of Del Monte Pineapple is two (2) cans of drained pineapple.

The end of her study showed an increase in the granulocyte count test on the first two groups who were given pineapples, especially on the second group.

Granulocytes are important components of white blood cells that strengthen the immune system. They help the body fight infections by killing them and shortening downtime. Pineapples contain Vitamin B12, Manganese, Phytonutrients, Fiber, and Vitamin C that is associated with the production of granulocyte and white blood cells (WBC).

Lesson #2: Two servings of pineapple provide the necessary nutrients, especially Vitamin C that is important for the production of granulocytes — our body’s natural immune system.

Aside from mango and banana, pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. Now that I know how beneficial two servings of pineapple is when served to my family, I am relieved because I have a healthier option from junk foods.

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Ms. Mai Gonzales of Del Monte Philippines Inc.

Ms. Mai Gonzales of Del Monte Philippines, a mom herself, shared with us that Del Monte pineapples are picked and packed on the same day. We were also introduced to a few recipes using Del Monte Pineapple that we can try at home to make feeding time more fun and healthier.

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Pineapple Milkshake

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As for me and Louise, we both agree as moms that we should’t have to live in fear of the outside world because of the risk of our children catching disease. When our children get sick, they do not just miss a class or two but an opportunity to make the most of their childhood. Instead of lying in bed because of sickness, we prefer them to interact, learn a new skill,  play with other children and discover themselves.

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Thank you Del Monte Philippines for the opportunity to share my musings!

You know, it’s a hard thing to juggle. We want the kids to be happy and have fun exploring the world around them. But sometimes, we can’t help but worry if something they enjoy doing ends up getting them sick. It could be the things they do in school, or in a playground. It could be anywhere!

Lesson #3: As moms, we have options now to help our children become stronger by giving them healthier foods like fruits, especially pineapple. We can prepare delicious dishes and snacks using pineapple!

Here’s a guaranteed delicious recipe that you can prepare for dessert or snacks for your family.

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Del Monte Pineapple is a very convenient way to have pineapple anytime, anywhere! I dread peeling a pineapple fruit because of its rough skin and thorny, sharp leaves! Plus, I like the fact that Del Monte Pineapple has a consistent taste! No need to worry about buying a pineapple that gives our family that itchy, burning feeling in the mouth when we eat it. Del Monte Pineapple has all these covered for our convenience, moms!

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To all the moms who joined us for the Del Monte Pineapple A Day Round Table Discussion, thank you! 🙂

If you find yourself running out of ideas what to cook or prepare for your family, you can always visit the Del Monte Kitchen for recipes! And also, if you’d like to share a recipe using Del Monte Pineapple that your kids love, please share them with us using the hashtag #DMPineappleADay.

Always remember, two servings of Del Monte Pineapple a day, keeps the immunity awake! It’s my joy to be a member of the Del Monte Family! ♥

4 comments

  1. Maan says:

    I feel you! My 3-year old is awfully picky and barely eats proteins. He does eat some veggies and a lot of fruits. These tips are very helpful; thanks!

  2. Janice says:

    We love Del Monte pineapple at home. It just makes meals more delicious for kids and it’s really a great way to sneak in fruits into their diet, especially these days when the weather is just so crazy.

  3. May De Jesus-Palacpac says:

    I have to try that pineapple shake!

    I love pineapple, although I learned to love it much later, not when I was young. I agree with #1, although it’s not completely true with is, for a parent it’s challenging to provide fruits for your children kasi ang mahal mahal eh. 🙁 My kids love fruits, but they end up finishing the fruits we get in one day.

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