Quaker Smart Heart Challenge

Monday, February 17, 2020

Would you believe that I never consumed oatmeal as a child?  Yep!  Oatmeal was never forced on us, I remember trying it and saying it doesn't have taste and that was it.  I only really ate oatmeal as an adult, a full blown adult.  And do you know the reason why?  It was because I was told that it was the healthier alternative and also because, well - my cholesterol level was slightly above the borderline.

I would put honey as a flavoring or strawberries, when it was in season.  I remember eating it for a few days and then that was it.  My Panget on the other hand ate it regularly - it's his breakfast every Monday.  He said this was to counter all the food that he eats over the weekend.  

I remember seeing ads of Aga Muhlach with his healthier look and 'abs' on TV.  He was saying that he Quaker Oats helped him get back into shape and at the same time lowered his cholesterol!  I remember thinking, this was a very good testimony because a LOT of us saw that he gained weight.  We didn't know that it really affected his health too! 

Fast forward to a few years ago, when I was introduced to the Rolled Oats of Quaker.  I was given a kit to try and it changed me and my breakfast choice.  The rolled oats of quaker opened my eyes to the possibilities of oats for breakfast!  It was also then that my friend and I started to sell our breakfast jars with measurements.  

This year, Quaker Oats wants us to have a healthier heart and with that - they are having the #QuakerSmartHeartChallenge !!  It's wonderful really that a brand encourages us to be more conscious of our health.  And what a great way for us to jumpstart this with their Smart Heart Challenge!  Thank you Quaker Oats!

We were introduced to health guru Nadine Tengco.  I've seen her but I've never heard of her story on why she came a health buff.  I was amazed at her transformation and it's such an inspiring story to share with everyone.  It's so nice that she's paying it forward by helping others and sharing her recipes for everyone to try.  We also saw and heard stories of Neri and Chito Miranda and of course, Ms. Nadia Montenegro.

(L-R) Neri Miranda, Nadine Tengco, Nadia Montenegro

Kickstart your heart-healthy lifestyle with the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge

In a country where eating is a national passion, we tend to disregard the effects of the food we consume. Even though fast food and processed goods are becoming staples in our daily meals, many don’t take into account their nutritional density.

In a recent survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)[1], they found that one out of two adult Filipinos has borderline to high cholesterol mainly because of unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Our inclination towards fatty foods contributes to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, based on the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the country[2].

Quaker, the number 1 oats brand in the world, aims to lower cholesterol for better heart health management among Filipinos through the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge. First introduced in 2004 in the Philippines, the challenge was developed to demonstrate how adding oatmeal to your daily diet helps reduce cholesterol. “Oats is a common cereal noted for its heart benefits, owing particularly to its high soluble fiber content called beta-glucan,” says Dr. Rodolfo F. Florentino, Immediate Past Chairman-President of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. “Scientific studies have shown that beta-glucan is capable of lowering the cholesterol level in the blood, particularly LDL-cholesterol,” he adds.

The Quaker Smart Heart Challenge aims to help individuals lower their high cholesterol in just 30 days by making one simple change: incorporating two scoops or eight tablespoons of Quaker oatmeal daily, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. This challenge was created to help adults learn about and develop heart-healthy eating habits, especially now that more and more individuals - including more and more young Filipinos - are experiencing heart problems and high cholesterol levels.

To show how simple, convenient and tasty an oats-filled diet can be, Quaker partnered with health coach Nadine Tengco to create a variety of sweet and savory recipes to complement the 30-day Quaker Smart Heart Challenge, perfect for young Filipinos who are looking to take better care of their hearts. Make your own oats breakfast jars with recipes like Coco-Choco Oat Jar and Oats n’ Mango Breakfast Jar, or step up your morning pick-me-up with Oats n’ Raisins Banana Mug Cake or Whipped Egg-Whites n’ Oats. “Incorporating oats into your daily diet need not be boring nor complicated. It’s easier and more accessible now than ever to kickstart a heart-healthy lifestyle,” shares Nadine.

Make the smart move to take good care of yourself with the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge.

For more information on Quaker Oats and the Quaker Smart Heart Challenge, visit www.quakeroats.ph. Quaker oats is available in instant, quick, and rolled oats format. And is also available in a variety of flavors: Chocolate, Banana &

[1] Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). (2015). Philippine Nutrition Facts and Figures 2013: 8th National Nutrition Survey Overview. FNRI Bldg., DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
[2] Registered Deaths in The Philippines, 2017. (2019), 1–16. Retrieved from https://psa.gov.ph/vital-statistics/registered-deaths-philippines-2017

Please go ahead and scan the QR code or click this link http://quakeroats-ph.teectest.co.uk/smart-heart-challenge/ and start your #QuakerSmartHeartChallenge !!

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