MANILA – Questions surrounding the nutritional value of beef tendon have always hounded Filipino foodies. Is it good? Is it bad? Or is it so good that it’s bad?
Of course if you ask about the taste, most Filipinos would likely say it’s one of their favorite parts of the beef. Just look at the crowd that troops to Goto Tendon in Quezon City’s Tomas Morato area.
The Filipino food joint offers classic Pinoy dishes like noodles, silog meals (rice with egg and a variety of meat) and the ever comforting goto (rice porridge with beef tripe). But as its brand name suggests, Goto Tendon is also popularizing the beef tendon.
So let’s agree: That chewy and savory beef tendon is good, taste-wise. But is it good for your health too?
Goto Tendon is located on Scout Tobias Street in Quezon City.Photo provided by author
Goto Tendon attracts a healthy crowd.Photo provided by author
Beef tendon pares with noodles.Photo provided by author
Sizzling tendon with rice.Photo provided by author
Goto tendon.Photo provided by author
If you look at the calorie count from the website Myfitnesspal, 100 grams of beef tendon and ligaments have about 150 calories and 36 grams of protein. If you compare that with 100 grams of plain beef, the meaty part of the beef has 259 calories, 15 grams of fat and just 28 grams of protein. So strictly on a calorie count basis, it shows beef tendon is low in fat and carbohydrates, and is therefore less fattening than your regular beef. It also has more protein which means it’s good for building muscles.
Apart from that, protein in tendon is almost purely collagen which, as we know, is good for the skin and bone joints.
So what’s the verdict then? It looks like beef tendon is a healthy source of protein and calories. The only caveat I see is that you can’t really eat too much of it on its own. So while tendon per se is good for your health, you will need to watch your intake of rice that usually go with it.
Goto Tendon is located at 49 Scout Tobias Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City.
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