Fast Food Craze Producing Thick Filipinas

| February 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Our fast-paced way of living requires us to move quickly, decide things swiftly and perform tasks rapidly. That’s why it is not surprising when stuffs called instant, ready-to-eat and fast food chains made a big bang in the food industry. People are too busy to prepare for their  food so it’s more suitable to purchase a meal in a  fast food chain which I bet can be seen everywhere. Plus the fact that it is more  inexpensive than any meal  a standard restaurant can offer.  Here I will discuss how junk food enthusiasm creates bulky Filipinas.

Let me share to you first how fast food chains are named the early times in the Philippines.

History of  Convenience Food Outlets in the Philippines 

Pinoy food“Turo-turo” wherein customers literally point want they want to eat from a selection of meals,  is the term used for describing a place that serves quick (preheated or precooked) and inexpensive food before it was labeled as fast food. Also known as “Carinderia”, the place is setup with just a table where a few meals are served and mainly for to go.  Filipinos known for their value of money acknowledged the convenience of  ”turo-turo” and became widely popular.

“Turo-turos” have evolved these days because of increased demand  and competition are now called fast food outlets.  Several fast food chains  which offer variety of choices can be found in all places.

Popular Fast Food Outlets in the Philippines 

  • Andok’s Lechon

ANDOK’S, which is founded 1985,  primarily engaged in the business of selling litson manok (roasted chicken). Over time, ANDOK’S had evolved and added a new concept to its main business of offering roasted chicken, and that is the concept of specialty grocery store offering a host of products, including beer, an assortment of beverages, rice, sugar, and other grocery products.

  • Chowking

Chowking is the number one pioneer in Asian quick-service restaurants. Established 1985, the concept combines a Western fast-food service style with Chinese food. Chowking mainly sells noodle soups, dim sum, and rice toppings loved by Filipinos.
  • Cindy’s 

Cindy’s is a popular bakery and restaurant chain with over 40 branches nationwide. Launched in 1971, with classics like freshly baked bread, “halo-halo” (from Filipino word “halo” which means mix, is a blend of sweet beans, coconut meat, jack fruit, pounded dried rice, sweet yam, cream flan, sliced sweetened banana, milk,  filled with crushed ice, and  topped with ice cream) and local favorites like “pancit palabok” (a noodle dish with shrimp sauce topped with numerous ingredients such as cooked shrimp, boiled pork and egg, crushed chicharon, fried tofu and fried garlic) became well-known by Filipinos.

  •  Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is a worldwide doughnut and coffee retailer founded in 1950. Opened its first shop in the Philippines in 1981, Dunkin’ Donuts now offers variety of donuts, bakery treats, hot and cold beverages and selection of sandwiches.

  • Gerry’s Grill

Established in 1997, Gerry’s Grill serves its consumers  Filipino favorites such as “sisig” (chopped meat seasoned with several spices), fried squid, crispy pork, beancurd and pork, kare-kare (Philippine stew), exotic cuisine and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Greenwich Pizza

A pizza chain, founded in 1997, offers a delicious  selection of pizza, pasta, complete meals, side dishes, desserts and beverages.

  • Goldilocks

Goldilocks which opened its doors to public in 1966, gives people a wide selection of delectable  breads, cakes, cookies, pastries and pies as well as rice dishes.

  • Jollibee 

Jollibee,  began as a two-branch ice cream parlor in 1975 offering hot meals and sandwiches,  is considered the most popular  fast food chain in the Philippines these days. From appetizing choices of hamburgers, chicken, noodles, rice meals, sandwiches and side dishes to mouth-watering desserts, Jollibee has it all.

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

From signature recipes and processes, product innovations, all the way to a deeply loved gravy, KFC Philippines continues its commitment to serving up dishes and moments that are, simply, so good. KFC’s offerings include: chicken, sandwiches, rice dishes, salads, snacks and desserts.
  • McDonald’s

Well loved McDonald’s products like the Big Mac, Cheeseburger, World Famous French Fries, Egg Muffin, Apple Pie, Sundae and the Happy Meal, plus local favorites like Chicken McDo, Burger McDo and McSpaghetti are products of McDonald’s passion to always give what its customers want.
  • Mister Donut

Mister Donut reached the Philippines in 1995 and sell thousands of donuts and other baked products each day and continuously bring smiles to millions of Filipinos.

  • Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut, which started its operations in the Philippines in 1984, has now expanded delectable pizza menu, appetizers such as ribs and a new line of desserts, soup options, smoothies, a variety of pasta dishes and a whole lot more.

  • Red Ribbon

Red Ribbon, proudly Filipino-owned and professionally-run business network established in 1979, serves assortment of tasty cakes, rolls, pastries, pasta as well as cakes by design.

Nutritional Values

Fast food is junk food. More often you eat in a fast food the more weight you gain because the majority of food offered at fast food outlets hold large amount of calories, fats and other things you wouldn’t want to have in high number. Let us check the dietary values of some food offered in convenience food restaurants.

 1. KFC Chunky Chicken Pot
Serving Size: 368 grams
Calories: 770
Calories from Fat: 378
Total Fat: 42
Saturated Fat: 13
Cholesterol: 70
Sodium: 2160
Carbohydrates: 69
Fiber: 5
Sugars: 8
Protein: 29


2. McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast
Big Meal

Serving Size: 15.6 oz (441 g)
Calories: 1220
Calories from Fat: 540
Total Fat: 60
Saturated Fat: 17
Cholesterol: 480
Sodium: 1900
Carbohydrates: 136
Fiber: 4
Sugars: 42
Protein: 33

3. Pizza Hut Personal Pan Beef Pizza (whole)Pizza Hut

Serving Size: 291
Calories: 0
Calories from Fat: 710
Total Fat: 315
Saturated Fat: 35
Cholesterol: 14
Sodium: 45
Carbohydrates: 1580
Fiber: 71
Sugars: 6
Protein: 2
Sure a lot of unnecessary fats we gain in fast food outlets.

Evidence of Weight Gain in Filipinos 

Fast Food CrazeNational statistics on malnutrition show undernutrition as a major problem of developing countries like the Philippines. However, this  fact changes rapidly as Filipinos adopt more of the western lifestyle and become enthusiasts of fast food chains.  Based on the data gathered from the NUTRISTAT Protocol at St. Luke’s Medical Center (1999 – 2000), 34% of the total admitted patients are malnourished and yet surprisingly about one-fourth of them are obese. There was more overweight (2/3) than undernourished (1/3) patients. These data are based on the WHO Classification of Obesity using Caucasian BMI level guidelines.

These data as well as the dietary facts on food served on convenience food chains  show us that fast food craze is a key aspect in weight gain among Filipino people. For people living in a third world country, making money is not an easy thing to do. That is the reason why most Filipinos choose to consume low-cost products that can satisfy their taste buds with less consideration of the nutritional values they can get.


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