I'd say "Happy Cinco de Mayo Columbus" but I like the sorta rhyme in "Happy Cinco de Mayo Central Ohio."
Central Ohio's Channel 10's "Commit To Be Fit" website says: "Columbus was labeled the 5th fattest city in the United States in 2001, and that brought on a whole host of health concerns." I receive the Commit To Be Fit eNewsletter. I eat a lot of Mexican restaurant food and I am putting on weight. The current commit to Be Fit newsletter has "5 Best, 5 Worst Mexican Meals" from Susan Burke MS, RD, LD/N, CDE an eDiets Contributor because it's Cinco de Mayo.
"What a shame that Mexican Americans have the fastest-growing rate of obesity. It's certainly not because of their traditional cuisine, which is "famous for its avocados, beans, corn, squash, jicama, tomatoes, chocolate, papaya, guava, vanilla, a variety of spices, and of course, chili peppers," according to Spanishaboard.com.
The native Mexican diet is plant-based, with lots of beans (high in protein), some rice and seasonal vegetables. In the USA, Mexican food means cheese, refried beans, fried chips and deep fried stuff.
Americans from Mexico are eating way more red meat than before, more refined carbs and sugar, and they're not as active as they were in their native cultures. This isn't unique to Mexican immigrants, it's common for all Americans, and the rate of obesity is soaring.
Mexican restaurant chains offer the worst of the worst in terms of grams of fat, cholesterol and just plain calories per serving. Some of the dishes are shockingly rich, serving more calories per entree than most people need for the entire day."
Burke is writing about Americans and American's from Mexico not Columbus people this info is not local but it is true... the food is smothered in cheese, sour cream, guacamole in Columbus Mexican Restaurants. I find the madre y padre (mom and pop) restaurants pile on the cheese, sour cream and guacamole to please the fat loving American palate right along with the chains. Burke says 'just say no' tell the server to tell the kitchen to skip the shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole. Eat more beans!
Ooops I did it again, the chile relleno... last night at my favorite Columbus Mexican restaurant, La Hacienda Real on Sinclair Rd. Cheese, eggs and more cheese. mmm mmm good.
Visit ColumbusBestBlog.com for a list of the 5 Best Mexican Meals and the 5 Worst Mexican Meals from eDiets and Commit to Be Fit. Discover Columbus has a list of my favorite Central Ohio Mexican Restaurants if you need a recommendation.
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