When it comes to food, Filipinos love the “worst”: French fries, ice cream, junk foods, instant noodles.
Dr. Anthony Leachon, internist and cardiologist, said Filipinos are fond of these foods which have been labeled the “worst” by the World Health Organization.
Leachon said Filipinos are getting bigger due to calorie-overload from fast food meals, which exceed the allowable serving of calories per day of 1,800 to 2,000 calories for males and 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day for females.
A person who exercises for 30 minutes could only burn up to 300 calories, Leachon said at the symposium “ Calorie Counting and Food Labelling.”
He said 26.6 percent of Filipino adults were overweight in 2008 (5.2 percent are obese), a mark increased from 16.6 percent in 1993.
Leachon said one serving of French fries packs 500 calories, a scoop of ice cream has 200 calories, a cup of rice has 200 calories, a burger can give a minimum of 250 to 500 calories, a single donut can provide 600 calories, while a slice of pizza can have a much as 390 calories. Processed foods, meanwhile, can raise cholesterol level which is linked to coronary heart disease that causes heart attack.
“We should eat healthy foods with 50 to 100 calories per servings such as fish, fruits, vegetables, chicken without skin, cereals, oatmeal, and water, Leachon said.
He added that snacks should be less than 100 to 150 calories.
“You will actually gain one pound if you eat 3,500 calories, so the basic principle is calories in and calories out,” Leachon said.