In the Philippine setting, utmost noticeable during celebrations, this is the kind of sin that’s not really that grave but considerably makes everyone feel a little bit guilty because once it’s on their plate, all that they want is to have some more–voila`, that’s nothing else but pork dishes!
But really, what else do we know other than the fact that for everyone despite their ages, this type of main character in their meals is what they are all seemingly looking for?
Aligned with that, to further develop not only your tummies but as well as your brains, let us dive in into some interesting information regarding your top-favorite locale food!
With some features which can be described as bit alike to Lechon Kawali, Bagnet is a deep fried pork belly meat wherein the lean meat are best enjoyed in ‘dry’ form and its pork skin and fats are deep-fried until the crispy texture is achieved. Bagnet is best eaten in every occasion, as it complements other dishes too well because of its seemingly ‘basic’ form.
This dish is a pork stew which is mainly combined with siling mahaba, coconut milk, basic condiments such as onion and garlic, and shrimp paste is sure to kick in some spicy twists that you’ll surely have the next round on… that’s if, if you’re into hot stuff.
Place of Origin: As what its name suggests, Bicol!
Another spicy top up for you, bopis! This pinoy dish is mainly made up of the lung-part and heart which then is sautéed’ in the most complementing spices it could ever be combined with- chilies and onions! Also, adding up some tomatoes is what completes the said combination.
Place of Origin: Although this dish is of Spanish origin, we Filipinos have placed a lot of remarkable changes into it. The first regions which have made these changes are Pampanga and Bicol.
If bopis is about the heart and the lungs, when talking about sisig preparation, it’s now where the ears, liver, and brain take their final role. Alike the previous dish, this one is also popular among a wide variety of beer-lovers as much as how diverse its types are.
Also, it tastes just as interesting when paired with even a still steaming hot rice.
This is a type of pan-roasted dish made from pork that is also prepared through series of deep-frying! But before that, it undergoes boiling first so as to achieve the target texture of the pork when the frying is already done.
Place of Origin: Bulacan; in some areas dominated by the Tagalogs.
If you’re not that much into spicy or salty, rather is into sweet and sour, then this dish is sure to back up your cravings! Pork humba is generally prepared with (dried) banana blossoms (which is the reason for its indeed memorable taste) combined together with our main ingredient, pork belly with soy sauce.
Place of Origin: Cebu.
8. KADYOS BABOY LANGKA
This dish as suggested by its name is mainly composed of the following: Pigeon peas which are also known as kadyos, and of course, pork and jackfruit. This is well-loved especially in the place where it first originated from and is highly considered as the pride of the region!
Place of Origin: Western Visayas
9. PINOY PORK BARBECUE
With all the versions of pork barbecues that thereby exists, our kind of barbecue is sure to rock on as proven by how it unfailingly, can be seen not only in the streets but as well as in different gatherings!
Place of Origin: Since this is a form of cooking that’s attached to the nature of every individual- grilling, obviously, it can’t be objectively affiliated with a certain region in the country.
A sour soup that is undeniably the top favorite that is present on almost every weekend in the family’s table! In fact, this dish is so much loved to the point that there are actually a lot of versions of it and describing their differences one by one would surely take up a lot of time!
Yet, generally, the common differences in the preparation of sinigang na baboy are represented in the following ingredients: tamarind, santol, guava, tomato, wild mangosteen and mango (green). The following stated are the known souring agents used for different types of sinigang. Hence, what generally makes each version unique.
Place of Origin: In various regions dominated by the Tagalogs!
It is alarming how despite the knowledge that soda isn’t beneficial in any way- regardless the short or long-term health concerns, most of us are still always-on-the-go when the lady on the counter asks us if we would opt soda for our drinks to accompany our ordered meal.
Well, it may be the anxiety brought by the necessity of saying no and choosing the “better” drink or probably the lack of in-depth knowledge on how impactful soda can be on your health- which is why you can totally relate to the scenario above. Nonetheless, both reasons could never serve as a sufficient excuse for you to continue drinking soda. To make it clear, whatever excuse you’ve got behind your soda-loving tendencies, it is and it’ll never do you the good you might probably expecting for it to provide.
Worse is, in every sip of it, is one step taken forward towards the terrifying list of negative impacts that soft drinks have in store against your supposedly healthy living!
Still not convinced? Continue reading.
1. Causes High Blood Pressure
Finding something you wanted to trouble yourself with? With soda’s ability to noticeably increase your blood pressure, then the one that you’re looking for is just within reach.
2. May Contain A Banned Ingredient
It has been proven that 1/10 of used flavoring for soda contains a banned ingredient known as brominated vegetable oil or BVO… hopefully, you’re not into that kind of thrill.
3. Leads to Unnecessary Appointments With The Dentist
I’m not here to point out that an additional appointment with your dentist is something you should be bothered about- instead, what I’m trying to get you woke upon is the truth that with the contained sugar and acidity of soda, regular drinking of it would indeed be a perfect practice to destroy your teeth.
Well, if you do not care how your smile looks like nor if you’ll still be able to properly chew your food when your older years would come, then I could say that it’s no problem choosing that pop whenever you’re feeling thirsty.
4. Makes You Gain Fat
Gaining weight is something most of us look forward to- as long as it rounds us up to just the right kilos normal BMI instructs us to have. Therefore, it is indeed a totally different story when we’re talking about gaining weight thru soda- besides from it is uncontrolled, it is most important, not recommended.
5. Makes You Prone To Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the one that’s acquired even if in terms of the genetic composition you’re not supposed to have one. Now, drinking soda is one way to get yourself in trouble with this.
6. Leads to Gastric Syndrome Related Issues
Let’s deal with it- soda by default is acidic, so how would you expect it to affect your stomach? Not in a good way most probably. That’s considered a fact because the acid contained by the soda actually irritates the stomach lining- which then can cause to a simple stomach ache to various acid-related stomach problems.
7. Deteriorate Your Bones’ Functionality
Your bones need sufficient calcium- and you know soda does? It prevents the normal and regular absorption of calcium towards the body. Continuous lacking of this micronutrient would definitely result in major bone problems such as osteoporosis.
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High blood pressure which is also known as hypertension is a national epidemic for it is not only observed but is factually-supported to be causing burdens to a large percentage of Filipino, mostly those that are entering their young to later adulthood years.
Aligned with that, although there are numerous factors which affects high blood pressure wherein some of which are even beyond your control such as genetic composition and as already stated, your age- there are still things that you can do in order for you to steer the wheel on the level towards controlling your blood pressure. That of which wherein having a healthy lifestyle plays a vital role. Specifically, and utmost important, your diet.
What does this means, then? It means that there are food in which is recommended for you to avoid in order to prevent not only hypertension but as well as the affixed complications that it has such as cardiovascular (heart) attack and stroke.
Consuming food with high levels of salt and salt substitutes had been found to be responsible for various cases of increasing your blood pressure. In fact, it can hit your blood pressure even more impactful than obesity and physical inactivity.
Why does this happen? Salt has the ability to trigger unnecessary fluid retention of your body which then is a possible culprit behind the beefing up of your high blood pressure. Therefore, if you are serious with living a healthier life and preventing the risk accompanying hypertension, then you should as well as be serious with reducing intake of salty food.
Always check the ingredients and never dare to play fool with yourself!
Processed Food Products
The ever-candidate for must-avoid food, isn’t it?
Processed food is the easiest food to be ingested in order for you to achieve a deadly level of blood pressure.
I hope you need no further warnings anymore after hearing that.
Bacon and Delicatessen Meats
Since these two are often inclusive of high levels of sodium, even small amount of this could already trigger your hypertension at bay.
Due to the nature of the preparation and preservation of these two, it is utmost advised to keep your hands off of them… and yes, your stomach, too.
Sweets and Everything That Is High-In-Sugar Products
No sweetened food nor drink is allowed to be taken by someone who has history of wildly fluctuating blood pressures. Also, these products could affect you in long-term period by the fact that high levels of sugar-containing food are sure to make you gain weight and worse, might cause obesity.
Food Products Filled With Fats! (Except Unsaturated Fats)
If the contained fats of the food you’re about to eat is neither a mono- nor a polyunsaturated one, then by all means, save yourself from that trap. That is because saturated and trans-fats are a major game-changer when it comes to your health because of the contained LDL cholesterol which then is considered as a bad type of cholesterol.
What most of us do not know is when these bad cholesterols would accumulate in one’s blood vessels, heart disease and hypertension is a big possibility through the act of stiffening these pathways.
For your information, some of the usual food that you should avoid are cakes, red meats, butter, pies, dairy products, and chicken skin.
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Munggo can be added in different dishes or can be eaten after just by simple sautéing`, or boiling and even just steaming! Basically, this is under the legume family- or the family of beans basically. And so like all the other beans, this one is could easily be combined with many possible delicacies and so, can be added easily to anyone’s diet.
But really, what can the addition of munggo in your regular diet cause to your body? To allow you to understand the most regarding the amazing health benefits of munggo, here is a list.
1. Shields Your Heart Vs. Diseases
The oxidation of bad cholesterol which is technically known as LDL cholesterol can lead to possibly developing a heart attack or even stroke- and munggo is capable of restricting the growth of this one. This ability to inhibit the further development of this type of cholesterol is because of this bean’s contained antioxidants which significantly serve the maintenance of the healthy condition of your heart in different ways such as fighting-off free-radicals, converting the damage that are done to blood vessels into a non-affecting if not beneficial one and lowers harmful inflammation.
Blocking of blood flow in the vessels and arteries within the heart are one of the main causes of cardiovascular arrest and munggo is a big help to this because this bean is known as to be an effective integration to any anti-inflammatory diet fueled by their specific benefit of clearing the different pathways of flow of blood within the heart and improving the circulation.
2. Natural Cancer-Preventative
Cancer is a big thing- and that’s because we all know that no cure for it has been discovered yet. But, that doesn’t mean that leaves us no hope, in fact, there are many ways available for us to be able to protect ourselves from all the unwanted circumstances that this disease can possibly cause us. One of which is through regularly adding up munggo in your diet!
That is because as we all know, this small green bean, in fact, is a totality of different healthy antioxidants, mainly containing flavonoids, caffeic, phenolic, and cinnamic acid. These antioxidants stated are the one which plays the role of being your body’s soldier-protector against various free-radicals, which furthermore is the culprit for causing degenerative diseases- one of which that is probably the worst, is cancer such as specifically against lung and stomach.
3. Reduces Blood Pressure
One of the most common problems faced by Filipinos, especially the middle-aged ones, is their tendency to develop high blood pressure- and it must be noted that always exceeding the normal blood level isn’t just about that, it is correlated to further serious issues. One of which are various heart diseases.
As for that, you have our friend here. Munggo then is proven to be capable of successfully reducing high blood pressures, done via different tube tests. That ability is mainly attributed to the fact that munggo is known as to be a very good source of potassium, magnesium and most importantly, fiber- which are significant nutrients identified to the said function of lowering blood pressure.
4. Protects You From Heat Stroke
Beyond from all the physical tips given when it comes to the purpose of avoiding heat stroke, there are a lot of things you can still significantly add up to those, which possibly could serve as more of a critical factor than the said.
Munggo possess high inflammatory properties which are valuable enough towards serving as a protection against both extremely high body temperatures and most importantly, the possibility of obtaining a heat stroke.
5. A Weight Loss Friend!
High amounts of fiber and protein are very important in making you feel full- without the need to actually act up upon every single of your cravings! That is one more thing which makes munggo amazing, which then is a very good news especially to those who are planning to lose weight!
But unto what extent could this make you full? Well, compare eating this beans compared to high carbs food such as pasta and rice meals- well, eating munggo simply overdoes these in the purpose of making you full.
Is that good enough? More than good, I could say.
Munggo is another proof that size doesn’t really matter that much- just imagine how these small beans can bring big changes into your life- specifically in your health!
Onion is one of the major ingredients for every recipe you are cooking. If you’ve been visiting Panlasang Pinoy, you would learn about the different uses of this impressive onion. Beside from that, you will learn all about the amazing benefits onion gives.
Here are the few things that you may not know about onions: 1. Reduce the risk of coronary health diseases.
According to study, onions are rich and antioxidant which helps to lower bad cholesterol, and even triglycerides. This can lower the risk of having coronary diseases. If you’ve been experiencing high blood pressure and inflammation, consuming onion will be a great help for you to regulate the blood pressure and minimize the inflammation.
You might have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or also known as PCOS. Raw red onions will help you to lower LDL or bad cholesterol that triggers more of your syndrome. If you are obese, you may consume 50-60 grams of onion per day while 40-50 grams for those who are overweight.
2. Onion has lots of nutrients.
It is amazing to learn that onions has lots of nutrients despite of its low calorie. It only has 44 calories but rich in Vitamin C, B Vitamin such as folate and pyridoxine. It also has antioxidant to fight against cancer. If you’ve been suffering for low immunity for a long time now then onion might be a great solution for you. It also helps to produce red blood cells and improves the nerve function. It may also help you to improve your metabolism, which means, it can help you to lose more weight.
3. It helps to fight cancer.
Cancer is one of the most deadly diseases. To reduce the risk of having cancer, eating onion will help you to reach that goal. Garlic and onion is part of Allium genus, and its family is known for lowering the risk of cancer in colorectal and stomach. Those who consume more of this kind lower the risk of cancer up to 22% than those who consumes lesser amount.
4. Onion helps to lower blood sugar.
Diabetes is one of the major diseases not just in a certain country but throughout the earth. If you are controlling your sugar, you might be looking for ways on how to regulate it more. Consuming 100 grams of onion per day helps to lower the FBS or fasting blood sugar up to 40mg/dl just after few hours.
5. Onion has antioxidants to fight various diseases.
If you have adequate amount of antioxidant in your body, it will help you to prevent other diseases, or fight them off if you already have it. Onion has 25 various flavonoid antioxidants. You can fight off heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Those nutrients our body truly needed.
6. It can fight off bacteria.
Dangerous bacteria includes E. coli or Escherichia coli, S. aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Bacillus cereus. The bacteria mentioned above might give your permanent health damage if not taken action immediately. To avoid this or to prevent this from happening, regular intake of onion can help. Onion is one of the best antibacterial foods available.
7. It helps you to improve the bone growth and bone density.
As people grow older, bone becomes brittle, and calcium is depleting. Though, this natural happening in your body might be reduced by eating raw onion. There was an experiment to know whether eating onion could really improve bone density. There were 24 middle-aged woman and one postmenopausal woman who consumed 100 ml of onion juice every day. Who would believe that just after 8 weeks, the bone mineral density improved more than their former state? Aside from that the antioxidant improved. Another study states that a person who eat onion will help to reduce the risk of hip fracture.
8. It helps to improve your digestive system.
Digestive health is one of the major problem of people. There are lots of obese and overweight people because one of the reason is their digestive health. Who would have known that onions has prebiotics and fiber? These are essential if you want to maintain digestive healthy. If you consume more prebiotics, it helps to improve and add more probiotics. It will also help your body absorb more mineral and nutrients into the body.
Honesty, onion is easy to add in your diet. If you’ve been cooking, you knew that onion helps to improve the taste of the recipe. Now that you learned more about this, you can make more ways to add this in your diet regularly. Are you looking for more recipes? Onion is even great with salad! You may also make a caramelized onion to your baked goods if you want to try something new. Panlasang Pinoy will offer you more recipes for your diet, and you will probably love it.