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Bad Effects of Chicharon

Posted on April 23, 2016 | No Comments on Bad Effects of Chicharon

Chicharon in the Philippines is a snack made by frying dried pork rinds, pork scratching and fat of a pork or pig. It was the Spaniards who presented this snack to the Philippines, and therefore the word chicharon happens to be Spanish.

There is a wide-ranging confusion regarding the advantages and disadvantages when it comes to health upon eating this delicious snack. Especially among the diabetics, they are wondering if this is good for one’s diet. There are those who suggest that chicharon is a healthy food for them. Due to the fact that it is protein rich, and technically, it does not contain glycemic index value because it has no carbohydrates. As chicharon has no GI, thus, it has been concluded that it is indeed a feasible snack for patients with diabetes. However, this claim is not entirely true.

While chicharon and pork rinds have no GI value, eating this snack should still be controlled. This snack, as delicious as it is, is full of saturated fat and trans fat – which are known to be harmful to one’s health. Saturated fats are coming from animals, and this fat becomes solid in room temperature, and therefore, a big chance of increase in cholesterol will happen if they are in the body. On the other hand, trans fat, are unsaturated fat that is commonly found in preservatives. This type of fat causes the increase of bad cholesterol in the body, and the decrease of good cholesterol.

Therefore, both type of fat, saturated and unsaturated raises the person’s risk in acquiring cardiovascular diseases. There are even studies which suggest that saturated fat has the potential to increase the risk of a person to develop type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, chicharon and pork rinds, just like other snacks, are also full of calories which, if not controlled, can lead to obesity.

Apart from the saturated and unsaturated fat that this snack contains, it also has massive sodium, or salt content. The sodium content of chicharon is reported to be more than three times compared to those typical potato chips, corn chips and other junk foods. Although not directly bad for diabetics, sodium helps stimulate thirst, thereby urging the person to drink water or any kind of beverage. Ultimately, sodium also accelerates the water retention in the body. Therefore, too much sodium can likewise lead in increase and weight, as well as heart diseases.

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