Friday, September 2, 2011

Fun Fact Friday

This semester I am taking a nutrition class that I am SUPER excited about. I already love reading the material and learning new things. So I thought I’d share with you a little “Fun Fact Friday” from my latest reading!
I would guess that most of you are very aware of how a calorie is a measurement of energy. Foods have a certain number of calories based off their composition of nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids (fats), water, vitamins and minerals.
Taken a little further, every food has a measure of energy density. This is a comparison of the calorie content of a food with the weight of the food.
An energy dense food is high in calories but weights very little. Examples of these foods are nuts, cookies, fried foods, pretzels, etc.
A food low in energy density has few calories but weighs a lot. Examples are fruits, vegetables, oats, or any food that incorporates lots of water during cooking.
Obviously, eating low in energy density foods provide more nutrients for less calories. They also keep you full longer. That doesn’t mean you should completely avoid energy dense foods, but be more limiting in those foods.
So think about that next time you are considering your afternoon snack!
Here are some link worthy recipes from the week…there’s some energy dense and low energy density foods here!
Have a great weekend!

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