The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) launched a nutritional guide, ‘Eating Right, When Money Tight’, at its head office, 2 Seaview Avenue, Kingston on Wednesday (July 29).
The 40-page meal plan is aimed at assisting the most vulnerable consumers in providing nutritious meals, at a reasonable cost to an average family of five persons. The guide contains basic recipes, low-cost meal ideas and nutritional tips for the entire family.
Speaking at the launch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Reginald Budhan, lauded the CAC on its efforts in providing a means by which the most vulnerable consumers can alleviate some of the challenges of the economic crisis.
“As is often the case, the ones who are more seriously affected in financially trying times such as these, are those persons in the lower income category, who are very often unable to meet their daily dietary needs,” Mr. Budhan pointed out.
Certified Chef de Cuisine of the Culinary Institute of America and Runaway Bay HEART Academy and Hotel, Trudy Johnson, prepares one of her low-cost nutritional meals, Mackerel Stewed Peas, at the launch of the Consumer Affairs Commission’s nutritional guide: ‘Eating Right When Money Tight’, on July 29, at its head offices at 2 Seaview Avenue in Kingston.
“Being cognisant of this, and the debilitating impact that poor nutrition can have on health, the CAC took the initiative to assist the most vulnerable in our society by preparing this booklet,” he explained.
He advised consumers to strive for more balanced meals, and to manage their finances to ensure this is attained.
He said it could be achieved through exercising greater care in shopping, to ensure that value is received for money spent.
The nutritional guide is not for sale and copies will be distributed across the island in bookstores, schools, libraries, at the CAC offices and sister agencies.
The CAC suggests the following nutritional tips:Eat from all six food groups daily.Choose carbohydrates wisely and eat sugary foods in moderation. Incorporate whole grain foods into your diet. These include whole wheat products such as brown bread and wheat flour.Eat healthy snacks. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other foods high in fibre.Monitor your intake of fats. Watch for naturally occurring invisible fat in foods such as milk and eggs.Eat appropriate portions. Too much food can lead to weight gain.Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. Make use of those that are in season as they usually cost less.Watch your intake of salt. Too much salt/sodium can cause high blood pressure and heart disease.Drink plenty of water.Having eaten all the right foods in the correct proportions, try to be physically active each day. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day by walking, jogging, swimming, gardening etc.If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.