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Calories in popular dishes from the Philippines

What’s in a calorie?

Eating properly is simply not a priority or worry in their everyday lives. So what occurs at the beginning of each New Year? Individuals convince themselves, “Well, it’s time to go on a diet.” One of the most commonly used terms. First, we must understand what is calorie?

A calorie is a unit of energy. In nutrition, calories refer to the energy people get from the food and drink they consume, and the energy they use in physical activity. Calories are listed in the nutritional information on all food packaging. Many weight loss programs center around reducing the intake of calories (Yvette Brazier, 2017)

When we discuss “calories in food,” we typically mean “dietary calories” or “Kilo calories” (kcal) that are present in that item. The amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilo gramme of water by one degree Celsius is equivalent to one dietary calorie.

For people wanting to control their weight or maintain a healthy diet, knowing the calorie count of food can be helpful. It is significant to remember that there are other factors to take into account when choosing a diet in addition to the amount of calories in a food item. For sustaining optimum health, other elements including the vitamin content and general balance of the diet are also crucial.

Popular ingredients in cuisine from the Philippines

Traditional Dishes of beautiful Philippines

The Philippines has a rich and diverse culinary tradition, with a wide variety of dishes and flavors that reflect the country’s cultural influences and regional diversity. Some popular dishes in the Philippines include:

  1. Adobo – a dish made with meat (usually chicken or pork) marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and other spices
  2. Sinigang – a sour soup made with tamarind, tomatoes, vegetables, and either pork, beef, or fish
  3. Kare-Kare – a stew made with oxtail, tripe, or beef, cooked in a peanut-based sauce and served with vegetables
  4. Lechon – a whole roasted pig that is a staple at many Filipino celebrations and events
  5. Pancit – a noodle dish made with rice noodles, vegetables, meat, and/or seafood
  6. Lumpia – Filipino-style egg rolls filled with meat, vegetables, and/or noodles
  7. Chicken Inasal – grilled chicken marinated in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, calamansi (Filipino lime), and other spices
  8. Tapsilog – a breakfast dish made with marinated beef (tapa), garlic fried rice (sinangag), and a fried egg (itlog)
  9. Halo-Halo – a dessert made with shaved ice, milk, sweet beans, fruit, and other toppings
  10. Bibingka – a traditional Filipino rice cake made with coconut milk and topped with salted duck egg and grated coconut.

Here are the approximate calorie counts for some common foods in the Philippines:

Philippines FoodCalories per serving
Adobo Chicken300
Pork Singgang300-400
Lumpia Shanghai  200
Chicken Inasal  300-400
Kare-Kare  400-500
Lechon  500-600
Tapa  400-500
Pancit Bihon  300-400
Halo-Halo  400-500
Bibingka  300-400

AFT Editor: Dear readers, which is your favourite Filipino dish? Tag us on Instagram @afitnesstoday.official and share it with us. We’d love to hear from you!

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