Eat more veggies, Thais told
- Published: 16/02/2013 at 12:39 PM
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Fewer than 20% of Thai people eat enough fruit and vegetables to ensure good health and reduce their risk of disease, say health officials.
Thai people need to recognise the importance of a balanced daily intake of foods to avoid diseases resulting from poor nutrition, said Pradit Sintawanarong, Minister of Public Health and vice-chairman of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPF).
Dr Pradit said that around 400,000 deaths per year in Thailand could be linked to conditions resulting from poor nutrition, from heart disease to diabetes.
According to research conducted from 2008-09, only 17.7% of Thais were eating enough fruits and vegetables, a decrease from 21.9% in research conducted from 2003-04.
The lowest fruit and vegetable consumption rate, 14.45%, was in the Central region, the more recent study found.
The foundation also found that up to 40% of fruits and vegetables available in the market contained some chemical residue.
The THPF is working with Thai Green Market (TGM) in promoting the consumption of chemical-free vegetables at hospitals.
TGM chairman Wanlapa Van Willensward said her network had proposed that hospitals under the Public Health Ministry organise markets to sell safe vegetables to develop links between hospitals and farmers.
The ministry should also try to adjust regulations to improve access to safe foods and chemical-free vegetables by hospital kitchens by refining the standard control and purchase agreement.
A membership system involving hospitals and farmers should be created to strengthen the relationship between the two sides, she said.
As well, learning centres on produce distribution should be set up to increase the efficiency in quality control and transport.
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