Use Pinggang Pinoy as Food Guide


Pinggang Pinoy is a new, easy to understand food guide that uses a familiar food plate model toPinggang Pinoy is a new, easy to understand food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis, to meet the body’s energy and nutrient needs of Filipino adults. Pinggang Pinoy serves as visual tool to help Filipinos adopt healthy eating habits at meal times by delivering effective dietary andhealthy lifestyle messages.

Will Pinggang Pinoy replace the FNRI Daily Nutritional Guide (DNG) Pyramid

The “Pinggang Pinoy” can be used side by side with the existing DNG Pyramid for Filipinos but it will not replace it. According to FNRI, Pinggang Pinoy is a quick and easy guide on how much to eat per mealtime, while the DNG Pyramid shows at a glance the whole day food intake recommendation.

Both the “Pinggang Pinoy” and the DNG Pyramid for Filipinos are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health.

The DNG Pyramid is a simple, trustworthy guide in choosing a healthy diet. It builds from the base, showing that we should eat more foods from the bottom part of the pyramid like vegetables, whole grains and less from the top such as red meat, sugar, fats and oils. When it’s time to eat, most of us use a plate. So it is just appropriate to use the “Pinggang Pinoy” as a guide for a typical balanced meal.

For more information on Pinggang Pinoy contact the Food and Nutrition Research Institute at 839-1839 or visit their website at

Equivalent portion sizes per meal of Pinggang Pinoy:
Rice and Alternatives

1 serving of any of the following:

  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • 4 pcs of pandesal, 17g each
  • 4 slices of loaf bread, 17g each
  • 1 cup of cooked macaroni or spaghetti noodles
  • 1 small pc of rootcrop (ex. kamote, kamoteng kahoy, gabi, ubi)

Fish and Alternatives
2 servings of any of the following:

  • 1 pc of small size fish (ex. galunggong)
  • 1 pc of small chicken leg or 1 matchbox size of chicken breast
  • 1 matchbox size of meat (ex. pork, beef)
  • 1 pc of small chicken egg


  • 3/4 to 1 cup of cooked or raw vegetables

1 serving of any of the following:

  • 1 medium size fruit (ex. banana, dalanghita, daymito)
  • 1 slice of big fruit (ex. watermelon, papaya)

Water and Beverages

  • 8 or more glasses of water daily