PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA Initiates Umami Webinar Event; Low-salt Diet to Prevent Hypertension & Maintain a Healthy Immune System in Pregnancy in Pandemic
Jakarta - PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA in collaboration with GIZI KEBUGARAN INDONESIA held a Webinar Event: "The Role of Nutrition as a Step to Control Hypertension and Maintaining the Immune System in Pregnancy," as an effort to support mothers to stay healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar shared informative facts about the usage of umami seasoning and the benefits of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).
This webinar is in a series that will be held until October 2021. The number of participants for this webinar reached 944, and most of them are midwives and midwifery students from Kalimantan and Sumatra area. One of the speakers is dr. Johanes Chandrawinata, MND, SpGK, a Clinical Nutrition Specialist at Melinda Hospital Bandung.
“Hypertension is common to occur in pregnant women. The incidence of pre-eclampsia (hypertension in pregnancy) is actually higher in developing countries such as Indonesia, where the percentage is around 7-10%.” dr. Johanes stated.
According to dr. Johanes, other than controlling the intake of calories and applying a diet that increases vegetables and fish, a low-salt diet strategy is a good way to prevent the risk of hypertension in pregnancy.
“Doing a low-salt diet is also one way to prevent the emergence of degenerative diseases such as hypertension. There have been many studies on reducing sodium intake but keeping the deliciousness at the same time. For example, Halim et al in a recent study in 2020, the Journal of Food Science proved the role of MSG in maintaining the delicious taste of food even though the sodium content was reduced by between 30-60%. From this research, we can conclude that a decrease in salt intake can be achieved without having to sacrifice the taste of food by adding sufficient MSG. By the conduction of low-salt diet, pregnant women will be able to meet their balanced nutritional needs, which will also raise the chance of maintaining the immune system. The body's immune system during pregnancy is very susceptible to infectious diseases, thus pregnant women are advised to meet their nutritional needs in a balanced manner, to especially avoid COVID-19." he continue.
“This webinar from PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA is for midwives & midwifery students because we feel the need to spread true and informative facts about MSG and umami seasonings that will support mothers in Indonesia to stay healthy, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic situation. In addition, we hope that the participants of the webinar can disseminate informative and scientific facts that are learned today to the wider community through their job field,” said Katarina Larasati, Public Relations Manager – PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA.
The Webinar from PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA will not stop here; there will be more webinars coming up. Through these educative webinars, PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA will aim to improve the wellness of people in Indonesia as a solution-providing company for food and health issues.
About PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA
PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA is a leading food seasoning producer that has colored the lives of Indonesians with high quality products and brings delicacy in every consumer's dish. With its global slogan "Eat Well, Live Well", at the age of 52, PT AJINOMOTO INDONESIA has made extraordinary achievements that mark the strength and resilience of a company that can make a major contribution to Indonesian society.