Christmas in the Philippines is a time of celebration. And nothing says celebration than having feast after feast. Amidst the joyous chaos, our beloved holiday dishes do more than just tantalize our taste buds—they also offer a sleigh-load of vitamins and minerals. Let's unwrap the nutritional gifts found in popular Filipino Christmas foods and see how they contribute to our health, including our smiles.
1. Bibingka and Puto Bumbong: A Bounty of B-Vitamins
These Christmas morning staples aren't just about their heavenly scent and taste. Both are made from rice, which is a good source of B-vitamins, crucial for energy metabolism and maintaining healthy red blood cells. Enjoy these treats for a burst of energy to power through holiday activities.
2. Lechon: More Than Just Lip-Smacking Good
The star of Noche Buena, lechon, is usually seen as a guilty pleasure. But did you know that pork is rich in B-vitamins, particularly B1 (thiamine), which helps the body convert food into energy? Savor the crispy skin and tender meat, but remember, moderation is key.
3. Queso de Bola: Calcium for Strong Bones and Teeth
A ball of edam cheese, or queso de bola, is often found in the center of the Filipino holiday table. It's not only delicious, but it's also packed with calcium, vital for strong bones and teeth. A small serving can go a long way in supporting your dental health.
4. Rellenong Bangus: Omega-3 for Gum Health
This stuffed milkfish is a labor of love and a source of omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3s are great for gum health, helping to prevent gum disease and keeping your smile bright.
5. Fruit Salad: Vitamins A to C
Our version of the fruit salad is a colorful concoction of canned fruit cocktail, fresh apples, and sometimes cheese. The fruits provide a cocktail of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that support the immune system and oral health by maintaining the mucous membranes in the mouth.
6. Tsokolate Eh: Antioxidant-Rich Indulgence
What's Christmas without the comfort of a hot cup of tsokolate eh? Cocoa is rich in antioxidants and contains flavonoids that can help fight dental decay. Enjoy this warm drink, but skip the added sugar to keep it tooth-friendly.
7. Adobo: A Protein-Packed Favorite
Adobo might be a year-round favorite, but it's also a Christmas staple. Chicken or pork adobo provides a hearty dose of protein, essential for tissue repair and the maintenance of muscle and bone—key components for a strong jaw and healthy mouth.
Our festive Filipino foods are not just feasts for the senses; they're also filled with vitamins and minerals that can contribute to our overall well-being. As we delight in these delectable dishes, let's not forget to care for our teeth as well. A toothbrush like Colgate Cushion Clean Charcoal, with its ultra-soft bristles, is perfect for pampering your teeth after indulging in the holiday spread. It’s gentle on gums and helps ensure that your holiday feasting is paired with healthy, happy smiles all season long.