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What’s Cooking Mexico?

The following is an article on “What's Cooking Mexico”

by Marc Pulisci.

What’s Cooking Mexico

Mexican cuisine is just as complex and intricate as other ancient cuisines. Native ingredients include corn, chile peppers, tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla, edible flowers, vegetables like huauzontle and a variety of avocados.

Vegetables are front and center in Mexican cuisine, zucchini, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, spinach, swiss chard, mushrooms, jitomate (red tomato), green tomato, etc.

Outside influences are pork, chicken, beef, and cheese.

Sadly, Mexican food is often confused with Tex Mex due to the abundance of fast food Tex Mex establishments. So often people will think Mexican food is not healthy when nothing could be further from the truth.

Research from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, shows that some of the most popular Mexican dishes like tacos al pastor and cochinita pibil flautas have sound nutritional compositions.

According to,

Tacos al pastor:

42% water.

21% protein

24% carbs

2% grease

The flautas:

43% water

41% carbs

12% grease

4% protein

These numbers may not compare well with a carrot, but they are definitively better than french fries or chips. The study concluded the Mexican diet could be very healthy. Pondering whether the presence of Coke is the real culprit hiding in the Mexican diet.

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