Answers To Your Food Dilemmas Series #2

On our last post here we started elaborating and comparing foods and ingredients that we believe they are good or bad.

Today we continue where we left off with some more interesting comparisons:

Potatoes VS White Rice

One serving of potatoes that weigh 175 grams is a large serving of potatoes, but only carries with it 131 calories. On average, yet small 180 gram serving of white rice has 248 calories. The same size serving of potatoes that have been boiled with the skin on also feature 26 mg of vitamin C. White rice does not contain any vitamin C. There is 2.6 mg of fiber in a serving of boiled potatoes with the skins on while the only way to get fiber out of your rice is to switch to brown rice. Then you are still only getting 1.4 mg of fiber.

 Rapeseed Oil VS Olive Oil

Each type of oil contains 11 grams of fat and 99 calories for every tablespoon. The big difference that can be seen is in the types of fat that each provides. Olive oil contains 14 grams of saturated fat, 73 grams of monounsaturated fats and 11 grams of polyunsaturated fats for every 100 grams. In contrast, Rapeseed oil only has 6 grams of saturated fat, 54 grams of monounsaturated fat and about 27 grams of polyunsaturated fats.

Each one of these oils is a heart healthy choice. If you are trying to lose weight, you should use either one in moderation. Base your choice on how you plan to use the oil. For example, if you plan to cook at high temperatures, rapeseed oil works the best. To make salad dressing or to drizzle on top of food, choose olive oil.

 Bottled VS Tap Water

Depending on where the water has come from, each one may contain different mineral levels. Both must also meet firm criterion to ensure their safety to consume. You should know that some bottled waters do contain high amounts of sodium.

Both tap and bottled waters will hydrate you. Tap water is free although bottled water can be convenient when you are on the go. Be sure to check the sodium content in all bottled water and be aware that flavored waters will often have additional sugar added to them.

Skim Milk VS Soy Milk

 Lighter versions of soymilk are comparable to skim milk in regards to calories and feat. Soy protein has been shown to help control cholesterol. Soymilk also includes phyto-oestrogens known as soflavones. These phyto-oestrogens may assist with bone health as we grow older and may even improve some of the symptoms associated with menopause. If you have an allergy or lactose intolerance to cow’s milk, soymilk is a good choice.

 Both skim milk and soymilk are part of a healthy diet. If you decide on soymilk, choose one that has been calcium fortified.

 Bagged VS Loose Salads

Salad in a bag provides a great benefit in that it allows you the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of lettuces as opposed to the standard iceberg lettuce. There are some concerns that bagged salads are soaked in chlorine. While there is a small amount of chlorine in the water used to wash the lettuce, it is not harmful. It is essentially not any different than rinsing lettuce leaves in your own tap water. Another concern is about the gasses in the bag used to store the lettuce. There are no gasses in these bags, they are full of only air.

Ultimately, bagged salads are an easy way and convenient way to reach the five a day requirement of vegetables. They do cost a bit more than a head of lettuce. As a general rule, the darker the lettuce the more nutritious it is so always select baby spinach, watercress and other dark leaves.

 Low Fat Spread VS Butter

In past years, there were concerns regarding the hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVOs) that were included in the ingredient list of margarines and low fat spreads. It was believed that these HVOs were as bad for the health of your heart as saturated fats are. Many people felt that eating butter instead was a healthier alternative.

Most manufacturers listened to the public opinion and have since removed HVOs from their products. If you are attempting to lose weight or if you have high cholesterol, low-fat spread should be your first choice. For each teaspoon of butter, you are eating 37 calories as opposed to the 20 calories in a teaspoon of low-fat spread. This spread also contains up to 80 percent less saturated fats than butter. Since the spread is easy to spread on bread, you will use much less low-fat spread than you will use butter.

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