Whatcha talking ‘bout Jay! I am not saying that all Filipinos do not sometimes eat Filipino Food and a very few Filipinos eat Filipino Food often, but what I am saying that the average Filipino does not eat Filipino Food on a daily basis. I am considering Filipino Food to be: lechon, adobo, afritada, calderata, sinagong, menudo, pancit and lumpia. The average Filipino lives on $5 or less a day. They aren’t eating a lot of pork or chicken and forget about beef on this amount. If you ask an average Filipino when they last ate one of the foods on my list of Filipino Foods, they would probably say Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Day, or at someone’s party. I probably eat more Filipino Food than most Filipinos. For most Filipinos what is considered Filipino Food is really Filipino Party Food.
My wife was looking at Facebook and saw some of her grade school classmates in reunion pictures. She pointed out the ones who were from well-to-do families and we both noticed how heavy they were. The truth is that the diet of the average Filipino is healthier than the diet of the well-to-do who eat more Filipino Party Food.
My wife quickly noticed when she came to the USA, that in the USA the poor tend to be overweight. The rich tend to be at a more healthy body weight. In the USA, high fat low nutrition food is cheaper than heathy food. The poor tend to eat more high fat food, because it is cheaper and more available.
In the Philippines, it is the opposite the poor are trim and the wealthy tend to be portly. I think this is because the well-to-do can afford to eat more Filipino Party Food which is delicious, but high in fat. I have a pretty good idea what the average Filipino eats, but I thought it would be more fun to hear from LiP readers what they think. The questions for the day are below.
Questions of the Day
- What do average/poor Filipinos eat on a daily basis?
- What is your favorite Filipino Party Food?