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The Latino Diet Weight Factors

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

The Delicious Latino Diet

Tacos, enchiladas, tostados, refried beans - there is nothing more appeasing to the American stomach than the Latino diet - even if most of the authentic recipes have been Americanized - injected with fat, cheese and fully-loaded chili.

Whether the enchiladas are prepared Tex-Mex style, Old Southwest Style or even Old Mexico Style - they tend to be almost irresistible where flavors and eye appeal are concerned.

Latino Diet High in Fats, Deficient in Fruits & Vegetables

Though one of the most pallet-pleasing cuisines in the world, the Latino diet tends to be high in fats, low in fruits and low in vegetables. 

Most authentic recipes call for lard as a favored cooking ingredient. 

Eggs and cheese are other favored ingredients, making the Latino diet one that is high in cholesterol.

Excessive Sodium in Daily Diet

Recipes also tend to be high in sodium content, and of course - sodium is known for adding flavor.

The fats, the salt, the cholesterol - all of these ingredients make up the perfect recipe for heart problems and place many individuals at a higher risk for diabetes.

Healthy Modifications to the Latino Diet

- Substitute brown rice for white rice.

- Substitute olive oil for lard when possible.

- Opt for salsa over cheese.

- Corn tortillas contain about half the calories of flour tortillas that are equal in size.

- Fajitas, tostados and beans are among the healthier choices when it comes to ordering Mexican cuisine.

A Lower Calorie Taco Recipe

Original Recipe, Contains More Fat Grams & Calories

1 Pound of Cheap Ground Beef - 70% lean, 30% fat

1 Dozen Corn Tortillas Fried on the Stove Top Using Lard

1 Package of Taco Seasoning

Chopped Onion, Tomatoes, Lettuce & Cilantro

Grated Full-Blown Cheese

Diet Recipe, Contains Minimal Fat & Low in Caloric Content

1 Pound of EXTRA LEAN Ground Beef

1 Dozen Corn Tortilla Shells, pre-cooked (50 calories each)

1/4 Cup of Ground Chili Powder, 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin

Chopped Onion, Tomatoes, Lettuce & Cilantro

Grated Low Fat Cheese

Importance of Healthier Ingredients

Why is it important to use lower calorie ingredients containing less fat? Is it only for better health?

The reason outside of the health benefits is because we will be able to eat more of the recipe. We can eat two of the diet wise tacos above in comparison to the original recipe.

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