Did you know that a Caesar salad can contain more calories than a small hamburger?
Many people who think they are eating carefully may be in for a surprise, due to a few common misconceptions. Just for fun, try this little test and find out if you're up on your food and fitness facts.
- A small banana contains fewer calories than a cup (250 ml) of apple juice.
- Brown rice is less fattening than white rice.
- To get the same amount of calcium contained in one cup (250 ml) of milk, you would have to eat 9 cups of strawberries.
- Breakfast should provide us with 10% of our daily caloric intake.
- A cup (250 ml) of cooked spinach provides more iron than one serving (6 oz.) of beef.
- Half an avocado contains as many calories as 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of butter.
- Pretzels are the snacks lowest in fat.
- Whole-grain bread is less fattening than spaghetti.
- Eating raw or cooked carrots is exactly the same.
- They say fish is good for you and low in calories, so I can add a small can of tuna to my salad.
- Chicken is a better diet choice than beef.
- TRUE: 85 calories (banana) compared to 125 (apple juice).
- FALSE: 1 cup of white rice = 200 calores; 1 cup of brown rice = 270 calories
- FALSE: 25%.
- TRUE: 6.8 mg of iron in the spinach compared to 5.8 mg in the beef.
- TRUE: Half the fat of potato chips and ten times less fat than peanuts (whether dry roasted or roasted in oil.)
- FALSE: 100 g of pasta contains 118 calories, while 100 g whole-grain bread contains 234. You can use spaghetti as a side dish instead of serving it as a main course.
- FALSE: Carrots drop from 42 calories per 100 g to 32 calories when they are boiled or steamed.
- FALSE: Tuna doesn't fit into the fish category when it comes to calories; it's better to add a small can of crab (103 calories) or 100 g of shrimp instead of fresh tuna (225 calories), and particularly tuna in oil (280 calories).
- TRUE: unless you're eating extra-lean (5%) beef. Chicken contains 150 calories per 100 g, compared to 129 calories for 100 g of lean (5%) beef, though 10% fat beef jumps to 171 calories. Fowl - guinea fowl, pigeon, partridge - are the lowest calorie "meat" choices.
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