Philippine Food, A Healthy Lifestyle

Australia
June 7, 2010 6:21pm CST
When I lived in the Philippines with my wife and her family for 3 months, I noticed after that time that my system was very healthy. You can tell how healthy you are when you visit the CR. While I was there I lived as my wife and family did and ate what they ate, a typical Filipino diet. I have come to the conclusion that the food there is fresh with much less preservatives etc. than here in the west. Here it is difficult to buy fresh food as it is often chilled and stored for a long time before we get to buy it. I noticed in the Philippines you can buy fresh food from the wet markets every day and fresh seafood every afternoon straight from the boats. This is one of the reasons no doubt that chronic disease is more of a problem in the west and one of the reasons I would like to return to live in the Philippines. So I guess the lesson is, buy more fresh from the wet markets and less from the supermarkets. What do you reckon.
16 responses
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
It's good to hear this from a foreigner. Hi nick, I live in the Philippines and I know what you are stating here. Yes, most of the food here in the Philippines are fresh. Mostly because we have a lot of the so called "wet & dry markets" where many Filipinos sell various goodies from the mountains and from the sea. It is the main drop point of traders of these goodies. Most Filipinos favor this type of setting because it's cheap and fresh. Imagine getting fresh goodies for a cheaper price, that's a great deal isn't it. The Philippines' geographical location also contributes to this freshness of food. Philippines is surrounded by water so it has easy access to sea food. There are mountains and plains where various crops may be grown. And goodies from all of these places have a common drop point, the wet & dry market. Glad you've enjoyed the Philippines, Davao in particular. I just hate those nasty terrorists in the area, they just bring a negative image in the country. Others may have like the country but shuns away because of these terrorists.
• Australia
8 Jun 10
Davao is lucky now to have a mayoral team that has turned Davao from one of the most lawless cities to one of the safest with a low crime rate.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
It is very encouraging when a foreigner like Mr. Nick Young speaks about our country that way. b3ginn3r I liked the way you explained the wet and dry market. It is very informative.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Let me just correct hiccup that all those surveys he read do not necessarily reflect what we Filipinos are experiencing or what is really the truth in our country. For your information, we are one of the happiest people in the world, it's true that surveys did not put us on top and even on the longevity aspect, but if you are living in the countryside here in our country, you can experience what real life is all about. We are just contented with what life offers us that's why we are happy because happiness never find somewhere else it is comes from within and we are contented with the gifts of God. Our foods are healthy and always fresh and Nickyoung is correct--because seafoods always come right from the boat and we have plenty of wet markets here which sell fresh fruits and foods. We have highest survival rate and older people often reached 100 years old. Other countries often judged us, maybe because of the bad news our country generated, but not all places here are dangerous. Nickyoung is correct, Davao is a great place and very peaceful with fresh air and water and the foods are great. We are always hospitable to foreigners and never say bad words about other countries. We may not be the richest country in the world but we have good manners and great fear in God. Thanks Nickyoung for appreciating our country, God bless you.
• Romania
8 Jun 10
hy im frome romania (Europe) and i watcht a ton of documentary on philippine islands and ther culture , i cant say that its a bad culture its very nace to live ther but when you mentioned philippine food it popt in to me what can be so grate about eating 18 days rotten eggs frome ducks named Baloth ore how thei caled it when i saw how thei enjoy the little duck hos body started to grow hair and bone's its just tabu, i personaly could not eat such a thing maybe becouse im frome a diferent culture i dont judge them , maybe its healthy to eat baloth mamby not i dont know.
8 Jun 10
Balut for those not knowing here is a link of what it looks like :- http://manigerz34.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/ I believe it originally came from China and is it healthy well I think its more of an acquired taste than anything else.
• Australia
8 Jun 10
I must admit that balot is something that I have not been game to try yet. There are always some foods in another culture that are difficult to get used to but there is enough variety in Davao to still eat well. I haven't been game to try durion either because of the strong smell although I am assured it is delicious. It is interesting that the local hospitals have signs up asking not to bring durion into the hospital because of the strong smell.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
I know it's healthy but I just can't try to eat it too. Well I've already tried it once, eating that half formed chick inside, it's good but I just cant stand the hairiness and the beak. Now I just eat everything in it except the half-formed chick. Well same goes to other countries where they eat exotic food. It's just that we have different cultures and food is not an exemption. That makes us unique in our own way. I love to try different kinds of exotic food, and see if I can take it. Ewww! lol
• United States
8 Jun 10
Filipino food is very diverse...Sadly, my part of the Philippine heritage isn't at all too healthy. We're from up north, where we love our pork :P It's actually great to live here if you make the right health choices. I'm happy to hear this kind of positivity from you. I'm not exactly Filipino but I have to leave for the US soon. If I had my way, I'd stay here and live off the land.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Don't worry the longanisa, tapa and tocino there are simply the best. Shall I add sisig to the menu. Hmmmm love it.
• United States
9 Jun 10
My family is Ilocano and we happen to make wicked longanisa! :D My mom taught me how to make longanisa recently, and with family members flying in from the US, we might have a few longanisa-making parties (what I call them...because they're fun!) I'm picky about my sisig...I won't eat everything. However, I won't eat my pork with fresh tomatoes! :D
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Very seldom to see a foreigner here to pick my country as one of the best place to stay and have a healthy lifestyle, I am glad and surprised at the same time too. As for healthy living and lifestyle, I'm not too sure that living that kind of life here is cheap. If you're in Manila, that would be expensive. But if you're in a province and is near at sea, that you're guaranteed for a fresh and cheaper food.:) I guess being surrounded by sea and vast ocean is one advantage, as well as for resources and by how you are provided by fresh fruits and even vegetables is indeed a healthy means of living.. Enjoy..:)
8 Jun 10
Lets not forget that in the provinces that electricity is cheaper, rents are cheaper and no doubt risk of robbery is less. I live in Minglanilla, Cebu and find I live a life a lot cheaper than most people in the City of Cebu. People paying P20,000 rent compared to my P3,000 yet I have cleaner air, less congestion and easy reach of the green parts of the island.
@b3ginn3r (224)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
I totally agree. I was surprised to hear that my old folks in Cebu province only pays around PHP100 for their electric bill. It then came to me that it would be great to settle in my province once I already have stable businesses, and of course online business as well.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I agree with your additional clarifications on the locations ... I enjoy the street food but there are a few risks associated with it like the pollution/dust/sanitation ... it is worth the risk if your immune system can adjust! Nothing like a fresh coconut, even in Manila ;) eric
8 Jun 10
An important factor on street food though is making sure its cooked properly as there is a risk of Tapeworms in both Beef and Pork. Not a high risk but still a risk..
• South Korea
16 Jun 10
well i totally i agree with you i grew up in philippines too and i miss it so much...but after going to south korea i can say the food here are much more healthy...lol kinda spicy though so if you have time to travel bring your family here:)
@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Hey Nick good to know you like the Philippines. But that is true Davao is really one of the best places to live here. I ought to go there, hopefully within the year. In other countries, they don't have a lot of green leafy vegetables like what we have here. I'm sure you have eaten Sinigang with fresh Fish or Shrimps there. We also take time to cook than to buy microwavable food in the supermarket. I had an Aussie instructor before and he doesn't want to go home anymore. He would just go home once a year for his visa. . A friend doctor also married an Aussie, and he always wants to come and visit so they are here like 3-5x a year. A lot of foreigners who married a Filipina who wants to retire here someday. I guess living in the province is really refreshing and healthy. However, Manila is not an option and I'm sure you know why. Give my hello to your wife and thank you for loving our country.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Hello Nickyoung, Thanks for appreciating our country. Yes, you can really find fresh foods here, everything is fresh and healthy and we are spared from acquiring chronic illnesses. Our diet is less than fats and personally, I don't like fatty and salty foods and those cold cuts and preserved foods because they are carcinogenic. Living in the Philippines is a lot easier and happier. We are happy people, we never affected with stress brought by economic crisis because we are satisfied with what we have.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Thank you for the affirmation of my country's food. I am proud to say, Our food is exceptionally healthy.Because it is fresh,tasty and really delicious. You will surely comeback for more.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
i am a filipino living in makati..i have also gone to davao..and food there is good..fresh and yummy but that goes to anywhere here in the philippines...no matter where i am i still miss my homeland..not just for the food but the peole as well..;)
@oldchem1 (8145)
8 Jun 10
It sounds as if the food is perfect for a healthy diet in the Philippines. This really is the ideal way to eat, I try to eat as much fresh and unprocessed food as possible, I buy my eggs and milk from a local farm and my vegetables from another, it has to be the fishmonger for my fish rather than a supermarket, but I don't think that there is as much choice here in the UK for fresh produce.
@ronz30 (276)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
It's because we do eat more vegetables and fruits than Just go and buy foods on fast foods ..
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I agree with you. I find it more interesting to eat food that is cooked fresh and lots of natural ingredients. Not too many people are not aware of this.
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
i agree. foods here are fresh for harvesters like selling them early so they won't need to freeze or put preservatives on them. as for the reason why the number one killer in the philippines is heart disease or heart attack, it is because of those people who eat fatty foods. it still depends on the person's diet whether he choose to eat unhealthy foods or not. by the way, i'm happy that you appreciate the things you've experienced here in the philippines.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I also love the food in my country because i grew up here and i can cook all my favorite foods. most Filipino are creative so they cook other food that can catch the taste of many people especially people who visits our country. most of them comes back here in the Philippines and live because this is the place where you can find different beautiful spots to enjoy and relax yourself. people in here are hospitable and approachable so you will not find it hard to communicate with them and trust them.
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
Yes of course the food in the Philippines is really great and healthy, no preservatives and fresh cooked. It's hard to have a disease if your eating healthy foods.