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Here's To The New You: The Many Benefits Of Eating Tocilog, Tapsilog, ATBP!

Nutritionists have proven that the good ol' silog meal has its benefits!
by Mich Lagdameo | Jan 11, 2015
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Welcome to the new you, FHM Nation! 

We've just entered a New Year, and there's no better time to turn things around than now. If you're on the heavier side, now is the time to slim down and bulk up. And if you're a bit on the skinny side, well, you know what to do. In fact, you've always had!

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All we're trying to say is that it's never too late to change your body for the better. And our goal is to prove that to you for the whole month of January. Don't lose hope, bros. We're here to help you out!

Not like you needed any motivation to scarf down whatever fried-meat-and-garlic-rice combo is on the dining table before heading out the door, but here’s some food for thought: Nutrition experts around the world have proven that breakfast is awesome at a good many things, like weight loss and control, reduced risk of heart attack, even better mental acuity. But is all breakfast good breakfast? Case in point: our humble longsilog.

Nutritionist Beth Adajar points out that our usual silog brekkies “can be considered nutritious, as the energy requirements are distributed evenly into carbs (rice), protein (meat), and fat (oil used to fry meat and egg), but it is a high-fat breakfast that can be modified into a healthier one.” Hey, if you’re bothering to get up early enough to grab a bite, might as well make it a good one.

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1)   MEAT

But it’s healthy! We get a good dose of protein from the tapa, longga, or tocino—albeit a lot of fat. 

Upgrade it Go lean on the store-bought tocino and longganisa. Adajar also suggests “boiling it in water until it dries up” to cut down evils prito brings. For the adventurous/kitchen-adept: “Make your own cured meat without preservatives or too much salt.”

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2)   EGG

But it’s healthy! Eggs are chock-full of amino acids; hence it is called a complete protein, even classified by the USDA as “meat.” But sunny-side up adds too much fat into an already fatty food source.

Upgrade it Adajar says: “Go for hard boiled, soft-cooked (aka malasado), poached egg, or scrambled.” She also advices to add some oft-neglected fiber and at least one serving of fruit. Pair a salted egg with fresh tomatoes and onion, or chop up some veg and add into an omelet.

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But it’s healthy! Adajar agrees that carbohydrates are essential to a balanced breakfast-and you get that with a cup of rice or some bread.

Upgrade it “Choose steamed rice or plain boiled rice,” recommends Adajar. You cut out extraneous fat and sodium from the oil and MSG you’ve surely sneaked into your fried rice. Don’t fret—basta kanin, masarap!

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But it’s healthy! It actually is, relatively. This breakfast staple “in itself has less fat than other corner bakery breads like ensaymada,” says Adajar. A little butter won’t hurt, too.

Upgrade it Go whole-wheat for some added fiber—or sub it for rice to avoid carb overload.

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But it’s healthy! “Caffeine boosts our energy and studies show it helps prevent certain cancers. Two to three cups a day is the max amount,” says Adajar.

Upgrade it Brewed contains more caffeine than 3-in-1. Also, don’t scrimp on water and milk, as too much kape brings on palpitations and gastric upset.

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