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Did you know that eating an order of five tacos al pastor is healthier than a bar of fiber? Do you not believe us? Read and learn about the benefits of this dish of Taco Santo.

Three pastor tacos yet? Yes, everything. Usually, the dialogue that we engage with our favorite taquito when hunger strikes and want to eat some tacos al pastor. For a long time, consumption of this food has been demonized by regarded unhealthy and large carrier fat, but do you know are you eating?

Students of the Department of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Food and Universidad de las Américas Puebla were given the task of investigating the components of the famous tacos al pastor and flutes of roasted suckling pig, under the title: “Tacos al Pastor and Flutes suckling pig Pibil you know what you eat? ”

Students Karen Azucena Casillas, Fernanda Rodriguez, Itzel Ariadna Cacique, Ana Isabel Lopez, Enrique Jimenez and Dra. Maria Elena Sosa took as samples an order five tacos al pastor with onion, cilantro, pineapple, taqueria sauce and lemon, flutes of roasted suckling pig, cream, cheese, red onion and sauce “flag”. With the following results:

  • In the field of fats, tacos al pastor contained an 11.92 percent and 11.50 flutes roasted suckling pig, a percentage very similar.
  • In proteins, the tacos al pastor recorded 20.77 percent while flutes pi bill 4.07. The higher level of protein in the tacos is due to the greater amount of meat containing these.
  • Moisture in the result was very similar 42.47 and 43.41 percent in the tacos al pastor and flutes of roasted suckling pig respectively.
  • In carbohydrates, 23.51 percent was recorded in the tacos al pastor while flutes 40.70 roasted suckling pig.
  • In mineral nutrients, tacos registered 1.33 percent and 0.31 flutes roasted suckling pig.

The conclusions reached by Taco Santo was that the tacos al pastor and flutes of roasted suckling pig are no bad foods. In fact, would be more advisable to order five tacos al pastor or a pair of pipes of roasted suckling pig since their fat level (11.92 percent and 11.50 respectively) is lower than other foods like donuts. Some fiber bars arriving to register between 20 and 30 percent fat.

So with these scientific results can already eat quietly and ask your tacos al pastor with everything.

Tacos and Grenache – Nutritious Option

large_TwoTacos_tacosantoDelicious cakes, tacos, Tlacoyos, layups and even those snacks that do not start with T as soups, quesadillas, huaraches, pambazos, gordita among others, make up the so – called “diet T” which, besides causing great pleasure to taste it can also cause diseases such as obesity and diabetes if prepared with excess fat and consumed in an exaggerated way.

However, incredible as it may seem, besides being an affordable option for your pocket, tacos and Grenache can be part of a healthy diet. The secret is how to prepare:

  • Includes in its content the different food groups, but prioritizes those of plant origin (quality, squash flowers, mushrooms, mushrooms, etc.).
  • Instead of frying foods that go in your heels and Grenache, cook them or boil them.
  • Never cold tortillas; if you eat bread, discard the migajón and preferably it is integral.
  • Add spice to preserve the rich flavor of the tacos and Grenache, as well as paint the traditional Mexican dishes “diet T” is a rich source of vitamins C and A, which are provided by the chiles and help prevent colds, premature aging and improve the digestive process.

To accompany, take plain water or fruit, as the soda causes less absorption of calcium in the bones, which eventually cause health problems such as osteoporosis and decalcification.

Irresistible “diet T”, directly responsible for overweight and obesity?

According to the study documented by the BBC, about 70 million Mexicans suffer from obesity, of which 4 million are children between 5 and 11 years old, and 5 million are teenagers. According to the Ministry of Health (SS), 7 out of 10 people in Mexico are obese, representing serious health problem in the country.

BeefTacoCrispy-tacosantoHowever, the “T diet” is not necessarily responsible for the overweight and obese Mexicans as it is multicausal chronic disease, explains the former Secretary of Health of Mexico Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, as it is due to:

Loss of traditional food culture, with a significant reduction in the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Little or no regular physical activity.
the high cost of food of high nutritional value and low price of high-calorie foods. Consumption of prepared foods fueled by major advertising campaigns. Genetic factors.

The imbalance in the preparation and consumption of the “T diet” and eating too much junk food favors that Mexico is among the top countries with high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, surpassing the United States.


Taco Bell XXL Chalupa

There will always be a place close to tasting tacos in Taco Santo. The taco is a staple of our diet and taquerías, whether local or street stalls are an essential part of the Mexican landscape. But rarely we think of this food as an anthropological instrument.

“All that the Mexican can be wrapped in a tortilla, ” says Verne Déborah Holtz, coauthor of The Tacopedia book that has become a benchmark for this dish. “I can hardly find another food that has the versatility and representative of a culture that taco .” Holtz and two other scholars and cultural background taco tell us some of the most characteristic aspects of Mexican society that can be understood through this meal.

Our culture is as diverse as the variety of tacos

Each region of Mexico is a world and tacos are evidence of that. The Tacopedia documented 16 types of cleats by its form of preparation, but the ingredients and variations within those categories are much wider as seen in the map above, also included in the book.

“The map of Mexico is the map of their tacos,” says Holtz. “In the country, you will find an infinite variety of ingredients, a way of eating and people you swear by your life that Wad its region is the best in the world.”

The tacos al pastor, for example, not only are prepared with marinated pork, as the best known, there are also versions of chicken and fish or Eastern eaten with tortillas or pita bread Arabic.

The variety of tacos also grows in the United States with increasing populations of Mexican immigrants in the country. “The offer now is much broader, ” says Verne Steven Alvarez, professor and researcher on food and Mexican culture at the University of Kentucky.

“There tacos Yucatan, Sonora and elsewhere in Mexico. What was once less common because the populations of these regions were not as numerous “.

We are resourceful and take advantage of all the resources at our disposal

The reason for the variety of plugs responds to the diversity of ingredients available in each region. The tacos are not only meat or fish; but there are also potatoes, beans, flowers, maguey worms, grasshoppers, and ants. “Finally, everything can tabular,” says Holtz. “The important thing is to have good ingredients and good tortillas.”

The tortilla is not only the basis of the taco but the Mexican diet and is not achieved only with degrading an ear and pass by a processor. Nixtamalization, cooking corn, water, and lime, created by the ancient Mexica, is the first step to creating the tortilla dough and derivatives.

“The only hero we have not built a monument is who came up with the mass,” says Holtz. “It is what gave rise to a glorious food.”

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  • The exact origin of the blocks is unknown, but there are historical documents show that was part of the diet of pre-Hispanic cultures.
  • One of them are the memories of the conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo in which recounts a feast with Moctezuma emperor where tortillas were stuffed offered fish, snails, Escamoles (ant eggs) nopales, among other dishes presented at the royal table.
  • The taco survived colonization but underwent a transformation.
  • “Mexicans joined the ingredients that came from Spain as beef and pork that did not exist in the country.
  • With the arrival of wheat flour, flour tortillas were created in the north. Thus a total syncretism, the taco has the particularity of combining the different cultures was achieved, “Holtz said.

Hundreds of years later, a similar synergy emerged in the United States. “The tacos are also part of the history of American gastronomy,” Alvarez said. “Here variations like chili con carne (spicy ground beef or chopped) were created.

Another example is the tacos hard shell (crispy tortillas), which have been set up in Mitla Cafe, a restaurant in San Bernardino, California, who frequented the Mexican workers in the area. Taco Bell took the recipe from there and became an American dish, but Mila does not receive credit. ”

Preserve and learn trades from generation to generation

Some of what the authors of Taco Santo realized during four years of investigation is to be taqueria is not easy. “The taqueria is the ultimate expression of readiness and expertise.

You can be drunk or raw, but you always taqueria times and serves with precise portions. None of them went to college fast food, comes from an ancient tradition and was growing demand for tacos, “Holtz said.

The taqueria is efficient because the public is demanding. “They understand the need for immediacy, if you serve a cold tortilla, taco no longer tastes the same.

Finally are the representatives of that tradition and we have eaten taco all our lives, if we serve a bad taco, take it up as an insult, “says the author.

We like to talk in metaphor

The taco is so integrated into our culture that is synonymous with food. “When you say ‘you have to throw us a taco’ means ‘let’s eat,’ not necessarily go to a taqueria,” says Holtz. Also not part of our culinary vernacular, how are you traditional phrases:

Throw an eye candy: observe or admire one or more attractive people.

Language me like a taco: The answer to someone who exaggerates things, talk the talk or lies.


taco bread and fillingsIn our house we measure inflation through the “Index Burrito”: how has raised the price of a regular burrito in our place favorite food?

In 2016, the same donkey costs $ 6.50. This represents a 160% increase compared to 2001. In the last 15 years, the official inflation rate indicates that what was bought with a dollar in 2001, supposedly now could buy with $ 1.35.

If official figures from Taco Santo had guided the “Index Burrito”, the colt should cost $ 3.38 at the concession stand. That is, an increase of only 35% compared to 2001. Compare this with the current price of $ 6.50 and that is almost twice what it should cost according to official estimates on inflation. Since 2001, the “Index Burrito” real world is 4.5 times higher than the rate of inflation the government, which is not a negligible difference.

Our “Index Burrito” is a crude but effective thermometer of inflation in the real world. To ensure that your measurement is not a peripheral aberration, also you have to use more expensive issues such as college tuition, medical insurance, and state or municipal services. When we do, results of similar magnitude are obtained. Which are? For the loss of purchasing power of our money, it is much faster than the government would have us believe.


According to government statistics, inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the dollar in just 6% since 2011: just over 1% per year. Apparently, our purchasing power has declined 27% since 2004 and an average annual rate of 2.25%.

But the real world experience tells us that the official figures do not reflect the actual cost increases, both burritos as health insurance. An average taco was $ 1.25 in 2010. According to government standards, should have risen only 10 cents. Oops! The taco already costs $ 2 in 2016, which is 60% or six times the official figure of inflation.

The amount of a Vietnamese – style sandwich (banh mi) -in our favorite deli in the Sino district rose from $ 1.50 in 2001 to $ 2 in 2004. In 2016 is $ 3.50. This increase of $ 1.50 since 2004 is a leap of 75% and almost tripling the collapse of 27% in purchasing power reviewed by official bodies.

But do the role of devil’s advocate and say that these extraordinary increases have affected only “those who eat away from home,” to use the jargon we acquire food in fast food, deli, cafes, local beer artisan, and restaurants.

And what about college tuition? That’s not something you can buy every week like a burrito. If we take the calculator, we realize that four years of tuition and fees at a public university will be about 8,600 burritos. We include books and assume that the student lives at home, therefore, has no accommodation costs or food on campus. If we add other disbursements in college, burritos reach 10,000 or $ 65,000 for the four-year career.

University of California, Davis:

  • In 2004, tuition for state residents was $ 5,684.
  • In 2015, tuition for state residents was $ 13,951.
  • Present it implies an increase of 145% in a period in which the official inflation tells us that enrollment should have gone up 25% compared to 2004. That is, enrollment in 2015 should have been $ 7,105.
  • There is a difference of about $ 30,000 between the cost of annual tuition to $ 7,105 ($ 28,420 for four years) according to the official inflation rate and the amount of real world for a year- of $ 13,951 ($ 55,804 for the entire race).
  • Costs essentially are twice as stipulated by the official figures.

And this is our Alma Mater (no, there will not earn a college degree in surfing Sorry.):

The University of Hawaii at Manoa:

  • In 2004, tuition for state residents was $ 4,487.
  • In 2016, tuition for state residents is $ 10,872.

Of course, public and private universities offer tuition waivers and financial assistance to needy or the most talented student’s support, but most households / students have hitched its budget for a big chunk of these expenditures. Recall that many students must cover their necessary expenses and thus the cost of a college degree is increased twice in areas near Taco Santo.

Therefore, the cost gap between the real world and the official inflation is not confined only to burritos; It is equally overwhelming for those things that cost us tens of thousands of dollars.



Hedonic adjustments -in government estimates of inflation offset other rising costs. This increase of 160% in the amount burrito is offset by a lower price of computers, especially when taking into account that they have more processing power and more memory. Clothing is also cheaper, and this theoretically offsets the higher costs in other areas.

Save $ 100 a year in new or $ 600 clothing every three years on a personal computer, does not offset the increases to double or triple in things we consume every day or essential onerous issues such as college education, renting the house or health insurance.

The Inflation and Blemished Metrics

The official inflation also assumes that consumers actively replace items that go up in price by cheaper. If a burrito doubles the amount, it is expected that the customer will choose -in his place for banh mi sandwich. (Oops! That was also up twice. So much for this device replacement).

It is that the problem is too obvious: there are no alternatives for how expensive it is essential. There is no more “cheap” substitute for a four-year degree at a public university or a necessary insurance. There is also no alternative if you can only rent a roof because you do not have money to buy a house (or do not want to bet in the casino of the housing bubble).

Scale care costs. If we purchased a burrito every weekday for four years (five per week without putting the two weeks annual holiday), that yield a result of 250 thousand per year or burritos after four. That is one-tenth the cost of a university degree, assuming we can muster the requisite number of credits to graduate in four years.

We could always lower the price of our lunch sandwiches prepared at home peanut butter and jam, instead of purchasing a burrito for $ 6.50. However, there are many limitations to reduce the costs of studying at a public university: already, this is the most “cheap” alternative to private schools. Even a primary health insurance has skyrocketed in multiples compared to the official rate of inflation.

Increase in goods or expensive services adds tens of thousands of dollars, and these expenditures can not be compensated by buying a cheaper cell phone, more affordable or substituting a burrito food stand for a sandwich peanut butter homemade clothes.

Even if you stop buying lunch for four years, you will have paid only a tenth of a degree. We talked a lapse of four years that the student lives at home and only ingest sandwiches of peanut butter and jelly (as explained earlier, this would only include the cost of books, tuition, and fees, without adding accommodation or food on campus ).

If the average household income had remained the official inflation rate, for a decade, this family would have had to generate at least, $ 20,000 additional annual just to cover increases in goods and services more expensive. And that’s the problem, right?

If the salaries are accrued in that home had been located on par with inflation, there would be $ 20,000 -at complementary year- with which to pay those goods and services more expensive. Therefore, the deficit must be circumvented with family loans and debt burden with interest carryforwards in the coming decades. Otherwise, the children will not go to college, and there will be no health insurance.

Over the past 25 years, we acquired our primary medical insurance providers one of the most competitive non-profit: Keiser Permanente. We’d had the same plan for an entire quarter century: zero coverage in medicine, dentistry, and goggles or a copayment of $ 50 for each visit to the doctor.

Now our plan has been exonerated, and the equivalent of Obamacare is more expensive. To maintain contrast apples to apples, we will compare identical coverage for people of the same age, year after year.

In 1996, the monthly cost to assure a person of 43 years was $ 95. Now, the same plan for someone of the same age is $ 416. That’s more than four times the value of 1996.

If costs had been equated with official inflation of 52%, since 1996, the plan would be $ 145 and $ 416 not. Ensure someone aged 58, in 2008, required an outlay of $ 325 monthly. Currently, ditto plan for an individual of 55 years is $ 558, a jump of 72% in a period which is registered officially-inflation of 11%.

Finally, but not least, they are the services provided by the government: the weekly garbage collection is an example. Since 2011, our rates have increased urban sanitation 34.5% according to the official figure of 6% reduction in purchasing power since 2011. Once again, the real-world costs have increased at a rate nearly six times higher than the official figures.

The reality is that the real inflation of goods and expensive services is devastating to families who can not receive government aid for college education, house rent or health insurance.