The Filipino characteristic of being adaptive has found in way into common Philippine food.
The famous nutribun, around the Marcos era, was one of early foods adapted to meet Philippine Recommended Daily Allowance of nutrients. Unfortunately it is laden with artificial vitamins.
Another food related adaptation of the Filipino, is the Salt Law. All salt sold in the Philippines has to be mixed with iodine, hence the widespread iodized salt. Filipinos worked around poverty by having iodine salt on food, instead of having iodine rich foods, such as fish. Just salt and rice have become food for the poorest Filipinos.
Adaptability helps Filipinos work around nutrition deficiency by having junk food bombarded full of vitamins, all synthetic of course. A few powders and liquids added to your favorite potato chip snack, and you have a department of health (DoH) approved snack. Instead of a suitable natural meal, one could opt for a quick filler of chemo-food.
Even loaf breads are not exempt, now made by bathing in vitamins and minerals, whose side effects show up in our stomach, gall bladder and kidneys. All in due time.
Noting first world countries such as Germany and Belgium, they produce their food to be not poisoned by over vitamins. For example, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is added as preservative, and not at insane amounts. First world countries do not make as much vitamin packed food. Food integrity is maintained as much as possible. Yes, it is still processed, but not to the extent of chemical poisoning.
The rich nations can buy natural food with original vitamins intact. They take vitamins separately, if they want, in tablets. Filipinos creatively went two steps ahead, skipping the right food, and just having vitamins in the lower nutrient food. No need to have the right food, just eat the cheap stuff as it has the same minerals and Daily RDA’s anyway.
Philippines, due to poverty, tries to solve a nutrition problem via shortcuts of synthetic vitamins infused in food. The chemical is not just food, but even vitamin-fortified water, endorsed by the latest athletes. Pineapple juice with extra vitamin C and Vitamin B Fortified Milk have also become commonly sold.
Acceptable sustenance took the place of the best natural food in Manila. The Philippines’ nutrition problem is that it has become too adaptive, instead of having a real solution.