Filipinos love eating.
It is part of our culture.
Mas masarap nga kumain lalu na pag kasama ang pamilya o mga kaibigan.
However, the fact will always hold true – MORE THAN 21% OF ADULTS in the Philippines have HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE and MORE THAN 5% are suffering from DIABETES TYPE 2.
And this definitely has something to do with the food that we eat.
It is not going to get solved by itself. Neither is it going away just by chomping blood pressure or sugar lowering drugs.
Since having high blood pressure and diabetes are multi-factorial, the root causes have to be identified.
Yes, not to forget, the genes play a significant role on the whole degenerative disease issue, and SO IS YOUR BEHAVIOR WITH FOOD.
I don’t want to be a KILL-JOY type of person.
I just wanted to open your eyes to what is continuously hurting our nation and how we can possibly improve our attitude over our food choices.
This does not mark the end of your food trip escapade. There are still plenty of yummy foods out there.
You just have to be more familiar on what food you have to AVOID EATING so that you will a better chance of winning the battle against hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.
Without further ado, here are the TOP 5 FOODS TO AVOID on my list:
1.) CHICHERYA (Chips)
This is top one since this type of food is literally devoid of any nutrient. Chips are very high in sodium and most of them are processed with hydrogenated oil. Some chips are also high in SUGAR.
Hygrogenated oil, a trans-fat, is the worst type of fat you want your body to absorb. It destroys your blood vessel linings; it aids in development of type 2 diabetes; and it also raises your bad cholesterol.
The other component, SALT, leads to water retention and high blood pressure. SUGAR, well this is a bonus. More sugar, more weight gain.
3.) PROCESSED MEAT and CANNED PRODUCTS
SODIUM bonanza. These meats are cured, preserved, and seasoned with salt and some other chemical preservatives that I could barely pronounce.
Sometimes, it only takes a single canned product to meet you’re your sodium requirement for the whole day! Watch out.
3.) FRENCH FIRES and FROZEN PIZZAS
French Fries are basically made up of starch, oil, and salt.
Starch = Excess sugar = Weight gain, Diabetes, High blood pressure
Oil (Hydrogenated Oil) = Diabetes, Elevated bad cholesterol, High blood pressure
Salt (Sodium) = Water retention = High blood pressure
In some well-known fast food restaurants, their fries even contain artificial ingredients that are toxic to humans!
Frozen pizzas (more commonly sold in the streets) on the other hand are just like any other processed foods that are packed with high sodium ingredients such as cheese, tomato sauce, and cured meats.
Don’t be surprised if a single slice already contains more than 1,000 mg of sodium. Before taking another bite, better think it over.
4.) SODA (SOFT DRINKS)
Very rich in High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). HCFS is processed differently by our liver. It is readily metabolized and converted into FAT. Not even given the chance to be used first as energy.
People who have high daily intake HFCS products have higher risk of developing obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Guys, even energy drinks are not exempted!
May be beneficial if taken in moderation.
But as we all know, many Filipinos love drinking particularly during special occasions like birthdays, barrio fiestas, or binyagan.
Excessive consumption of alcohol is basically toxic to your heart, kidneys, and brain. It also causes increase in blood pressure. Furthermore, alcohol contains huge calories that may lead to unwanted weight gain.
If you have obesity, high blood pressure, or diabetes, it is better to keep in mind the five types of food to avoid listed above.
I wrote this article not to deprive of your favorite foods but just to remind you so that you can begin to eat SMART, consume what is healthy for your body, and avoid the unpleasant complications of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes in the future.
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.
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