By Nick Russo

While some say Christmas time is tamale time, some people eat tamales year round, let’s be serious. In some households, tamales never go out of style. Now, if I’m being honest, I’d be cautious of a diet involving constant tamale intake because things may get out of hand, like your cholesterol.  They are likely not on the healthiest end of the spectrum but they have been around for a long time! There’s a lot more to tamales than unwrapping a cornhusk and dipping it in ketchup…..wait, what?

Here are some facts about tamales you probably never knew:

  1. They have been around since 5,000 B.C. (Some say 7,000 B.C.) (source)
  2. Tamales are also known as: nacatamal, paches & chuchitos, humita, bollo, corunda, zacahull and hallaca.
  3. One tamale is 285 calories with 11.38 grams of fat.
  4. Former President Gerald Ford once ate tamales in San Antonio with the husks on them. It’s been called the “Great Tamale Incident.”
  5. Tamale basically means “wrapped food.”

Now, you know a little more about those maza filled and corn husk wrapped treasures than you did before! Or, if you’re a tamale expert, you already knew these things and can probably make 20 tamales per minute!

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