imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Pig’s feet for a youthful look

What’s your favorite pork menu. fellas?

Mang Maing says he loves dinardaraan and dinakdakan. He says his restaurant stint would be incomplete without these two. He also says he loves sweet and sour pork. He loves everything dinardaraan in pork like dinuguang intestines, stomach, liver and lomo-lomo.

You see, Mang Maing has gone obese this summer, fellas.

With his favorite pork menu plus a couple of cold light beer, nothing more would complete his day. But lately, he noticed that the pain in his left ankle has been getting more severe. When he consulted his doctor, he was diagnosed with not just high, but very high uric acid. He was advised to stop eating his usual menu.

But he said to himself he could not live without pork.

Well, pork isn’t that bad as other meat. In fact there is a portion of it that is most healthy, fellas.

Believe it or not, it’s the pig feet!

And what’s in a pig’s feet?

It is now generally regarded as the new superfood.

My research brings me to New York about a newly-opened Japanese restaurant called Hakata Tonton, where 33 out of the 39 dishes contain pigs’ feet. The reason for this, according to its owner, Himi Okajima, is that they are rich in collagen, the protein responsible for skin and muscle tone, more recognizable to beauty addicts in the form of face creams and fillers.

And what is collagen, fellas?

“Collagen helps your body retain moisture,” says Okajima, who has introduced a chain of restaurants specializing in collagen cuisine in Japan. “Your hair and skin will look better, but it’s not just for looking beautiful now. If you begin eating collagen in your thirties, you will look younger in your forties.”

“Maybe this sounds a little improbable, it’s news to me,” sniffs Lisa Miles of the British Nutrition Foundation. “I’ve certainly never heard of eating collagen,” but Okajima believes he is on to something.

Figures show that British spending on cosmetic surgery is the highest in Europe, hitting nearly ÂŁ500 million in 2006, four times more than in 2001. Isn’t there a cheaper solution? Couldn’t eating the right foods, in the right way, be a simpler, and ultimately more long-term way to stay looking and feeling younger?

“You are what you eat,” says nutritional therapist Ian Marber. “You can’t turn the clock back but you can slow things down. Every cell replicates from RNA and DNA. In order to keep the DNA in good condition, you want to protect cells from harmful free radicals. And for this you need to eat fruit and vegetables, which contain vital anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C, E and zinc.

   “It doesn’t have to be expensive,” he adds. “I know people go on about so-called ‘superfoods’ which have a greater concentration of anti-oxidants, but two apples a day will give you plenty of vitamins and fiber. You just need to ensure a varied diet.”

“The key is to remember we’re omnivorous,” agrees nutritionist Christian Lee. “Have you ever noticed how women age more rapidly than men? That’s because they don’t eat enough protein. The days you don’t eat protein are the days you age. The body can’t store protein, but it needs it for cellular production and function.

And what else are in a pig’s feet?

A nutrition site says pig feet are low in fat and (the edible parts) are very high in protein, particularly collagen in tendons and skin. This is considered by many authorities to be very good for joints and skin health. Protein has 44% of the calories of fat for the same weight, about 113 calories per ounce.

Chinese nutritionists Amy and Yan said: The collagen in pig feet contains a number of amino acids and there is one amino acid in every three glycine. After eating pig feet, collagen protein can be digested to a large number of protein acid glycine in human intestinal. The leucine is not only involved in the synthesis of collagen in the human body, but also served as the central nervous inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain cells. Therefore, it can produce a calming effect on the central nervous system.

The collagen can also promote hair and nail growth. Regular consumption of pig feet can also effectively prevent the nutritional disorders, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hemorrhagic shock. It can also improve the body’s microcirculation, which can prevent or alleviate coronary heart disease and ischemic encephalopathy. For surgery and recovering from a serious illness for the elderly, it can help restore normal physiological function of cells and accelerate metabolism.

Now, you have it, fellas.

Indulge in a diet of pig’s feet and be younger by years!