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NUTRITIONAL CHALLENGE 2015 — Week Seven

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I can survive without fried food!

deep-friedAt a most basic level, fried foods are unhealthy because they tend to be very high in fat and calories.

But, deep-frying also robs food of nutrients. For example, a large baked potato contains 220 calories and less than 1g of fat. But, if you take that same potato and turn it into French fries, you end up with nearly 700 calories and a whopping 34 g of fat.

In addition, deep fried foods also tend to trigger chronic health conditions, including acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.

Many restaurants fill their fryers with partially hydrogenated oil as a cost saving measure. Cooks can reheat and reuse partially hydrogenated oil many times, meaning they can fry more food with less oil. But, partially hydrogenated oil contains trans fats, and consumption of trans fats could lead to heart disease.

While healthy fats, like olive oil, can be consumed in moderation as a part of a healthy diet, you should avoid foods containing trans fats completely. Trans fats are simply too destructive to your heart.

Some tips to help on this challenge:

  • As an appetizer order something not fried, like a ceviche or guacamole.
  • You must plan ahead your meals, so when you have a hunger attack or lack of time you won’t go with fried food.
  • Assume that your only choices for cooked food are grilled, baked, broiled or sautéed. Before you know it, you won’t be eating fried foods very much anymore.
  • Don’t order off the kids’ menu. The next time your family is out to dinner try to avoid the kids menu. Those selections are most often things like pre-made chicken nuggets, fries, and pasta made with white flour, among other things. Instead try assembling some sort of side item plate (like baked potatoes and whatever else your kid will tolerate) and/or try sharing some of your meal.
  • After this challenge if you want to eat fried food make sure you prepare yourself at your kitchen.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or any difficulty with this challenge:  (+501) 616-3250 or thaiane.ribeiro@gmail.com

— Thaiane “Thai” Ribeiro

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Author: robertjhawkins1

Adventurer, world explorer, thrill seeker ... not really. Just a guy who spent nearly 40 years writing and editing for newspapers and one really good news website. Well, that's over. And so is the struggle to live well in the USA. My wife, Rose Alcantara, and I moved to Belize in early 2014. It has been an amazing adventure but there is always so much more to learn. You'll find out about our life on Ambergris Caye on this blog, oftentimes exactly when we do. So stick around. You can also learn about Rose's new venture Island Pilates by Rose at IslandPilatesbyRose.net.

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