Saturday, May 17, 2008

Day 47-Nutritional Bite

Diets Around the World- Mexico
The Casales Family of Cuernavaca spends 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $177.89 for their weekly food expenditure. Mexico will probably surpass the United States in obesity rates for the first time next year. Mexicans are adopting fast food and sedentary lifestyles from their northern neighbors. A government study on income and spending showed Mexicans, whose traditional diet is based on corn and beans, spent 29.3 percent less on fruits and vegetables in 1998 than in 1984. In the same period, soft drink purchases increased 37.2 percent. Traditional Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices. Most of today's Mexican food is based on pre-hispanic traditions, including the Aztecs and Mayans, combined with culinary trends introduced by Spanish colonists. The conquistadores eventually combined their imported diet of rice, beef, pork, chicken, wine, garlic and onions with the native pre-Columbian food, including maize, tomato, vanilla, avocado, papaya, pineapple, chile pepper, beans, squash, limes, sweet potato, peanuts and turkey.The most internationally recognized dishes include tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos.

Sugar Preacher's Experience

Several years ago, I participated in a 50-mile race in Mexico. At the finish line, we were greeted with hundreds of taco stands instead of fruit and sports drinks. I was so famished that the Tacos satisfied my hunger. I love Mexican food!! However, a typical burrito can be 50% fat.

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