Do you know more about the tamale calories? Now comes the Candelaria and with it the tamales. And although we love its flavor and celebrate traditions, there are some facts about them that Mariana Camarena gave us, nutritionist and creator of Active Nutrition, a project in which nutritional consultations and personalized feeding plans are given.
You have the idea that tamales are not very nutritious and they are fattening foods, how true is this?
True Facts of Tamale calories
For a nutritious food has to provide not only calories but nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc., and that these nutrients keep a balanced proportion between them. So if we take an x-ray to the tamale, we will find a food that provides many calories, which come mainly from fats and carbohydrates, with very little protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and can also be rich in sodium.
Approximately how many calories do green tamale and sweet tamale have?
Green tamale and sweet tamale calories
A green tamale weighing approximately 200 grams has 618 kilocalories, 39 grams of fat, 66 grams of carbohydrates, 5.4 grams of protein, only 1.2 grams of fiber and up to 430 milligrams of sodium.
A sweet tamale that also weighs approximately 200 grams has 430 kilocalories, 21.5 grams of fat, 49.5 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein, only 0.6 grams of fiber and up to 330 milligrams of sodium.
What advice would you give from your expertise to eat tamales as a healthy diet without affecting the weight and health?
Advice to eat tamale calories
Do not overdo it: if they had tamale breakfast, do not eat or dine, just one or maximum two a day and enjoy them. They will affect their weight and health if they eat tamales daily and more than two a day, but if they consume them occasionally, they do not have to worry, at least that they already have some medical restrictions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and so on.
Are there ways to make tamale calories healthier since its preparation?
You would have to remove the lard and nixtamal add a spoonful of baking powder for each kilogram. This results in the desired consistency with fewer calories.
How good is it to eat tamales for a diabetic or hypertensive person?
As I mentioned, if they have any of these medical conditions it is better not to consume them, unless they have it very well controlled, perhaps with medication and a healthy lifestyle where they include physical activity daily, remembering not to overdo it and always consulting them before with your doctor.
We must learn to eat everything. There is no good or bad food, only bad habits that can be corrected and changed. It is about taking a varied diet, balanced, complete, sufficient and safe, accompanied by physical activity, rest and consumption of natural water.