Your choice of food can actually make you feel and look beautiful! Follow this guide to eating healthy because being healthy is being beautiful.

To achieve a healthy glow for your skin, make sure your diet supplies a good amount of Vitamins A, C and E. Always include a serving of vegetables every meal and munch on fruit portions during snacks or desserts. It is better to get your supply of nutrients from natural food sources because, aside from vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are also packed with other substances that are safe and beneficial for your body. Excellent sources of Vitamin A are squash and green leafy vegetables. Bell peppers and papaya are filled with Vitamin C while spinach and asparagus offers Vitamin E.

Major nutrients like Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat are also essential in keeping you beautiful. The bran germ from whole grains, like brown rice and whole wheat bread, helps keep the hair shiny and skin glowing. While protein-rich food like egg, fish, legumes and lean meat are also essential in maintaining supple skin and supporting healthy growth of hair and nails. Fat if consumed in moderation is beneficial. Fats from nuts and vegetable oils are good sources of Vitamin E. It is also needed for the body to absorb “fat soluble” Vitamins A, D, E and K. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and allow absorption of “water soluble” Vitamins C and B complex.

Smiling makes a person even more beautiful, which makes oral health a foremost consideration. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent build-up of bacteria and tooth cavities. A good diet can also aid in keeping your teeth and gums healthy through production of saliva, which cleanses the mouth and makes it less acidic. Fruits, vegetables and umami compound from Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) help stimulate saliva secretion.


DISH OUT is lovingly served hot and fresh by Manelie Cruz, RND
Manel is Ajinomoto’s Senior Specialist in Culinary Nutrition, she ranked 4th in the National Licensure Exam for Nutritionist-Dietitian and graduated with a Bachelor”s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Santo Tomas and in Culinary Arts for Nutritionist-Dietitian at the Center for Culinary Arts. She is also an experienced Culinary Nutrition spokesperson who had Food Safety Specialization at ServSafe Foodsafety Manager Certification and is currently pursuing her Master”s degree in Public Health.