A battle between popcorn and healthy food

Popcorn and juice served at the cinema are among the unhealthiest snacks, by number of calories and amount of saturated fat content, according to a study made in American cinemas by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and quoted by AFP.

The average menus with popcorn and juice sold in the largest U.S. cinema chain, Regal, contain not less than 1610 calories, meaning more than three Big Mac hamburgers, and 60 grams of saturated fat, according to the study. This not taking into account the liquid butter which is added by the Americans on their popcorn adding 130 calories with each teaspoon, informs Mediafax.

The second U.S. cinema chain, AMC, has smaller menus, but a large portion of popcorn still has 1030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat, the equivalent of 500 grams of pork ribs and a cup of ice cream.

The ratio of saturated fat – which favors the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases- which can be found  in popcorn is determined by the oil used for their preparation, particularly coconut oil.

The juice sold in American movie theaters are also considered in the study. Thus, at the Regal, the smallest non-dietetic juice has 300 calories and the biggest, a liter and a half, has 500 calories – the equivalent of 33 teaspoons of sugar.

Neither sweets are healthy, too. A pack of 225 grams of colored chocolate candies contains 1160 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat, the equivalent of 500 grams of steak with potatoes and butter, baked.

Now that you have seen how unhealthy these aliments are, we come with the alternative: a list of healthy and tasty food. Don’t forget that equilibrium is the key of health. Don’t try to eat just one of the aliments presented below because this can produce more harm than popcorn and coke.   When you keep a diet or want to start a battle against extra pounds, beyond a timetable and a standard recipe which can help you to lose weight in the shortest time possible, we offer a list of aliments which are not fattening and can be eaten eat them without being forced to weigh yourself every morning.

If you will make a list of products that can be consumed at any time without problems, you automatically know what to buy when you go to the supermarket. So you will not only help yourself from food, but also from buying what disadvantages you.

We present below a list of basic foods that do not add extra weight on you. The list will help you prepare your daily menu in knowledge and in favor of your silhouette.

1. Fruits and vegetables

All the possible fruits and vegetables – raw, frozen, dried or cooked – are a good ally in the diets that you keep and in the daily menu. Instead, avoid those fruits used in some pre-cooked foods with sugar, because at that moment, they lose their benefic properties and become an enemy of your body.

2. Soups

They are very easy to cook and, a not very common benefit, are extremely nourishing. A soup can take the place of a full meal without feeling the need for another sort or dessert. In addition, they will never give you the impression of diet-food, which indispose you most times. On the contrary, you will eat them for pleasure and the benefits are multiple.

3. Sauces, condiments and pickled foods

These three things are the three basic food groups that will not affect your silhouette but will you to maintain it at very good parameters. These ingredients help you to add appearance and flavor on your food. The list is below:

– Low-calorie oil, olive oil

– Diet mayonnaise

– Mustard

– Tomato paste, tomato sauce and tomato juice, ketchup

– Vinegar obtained from wine, apples, with tarragon

– Lemon juice

– Garlic, onion

– Spices: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cumin, cardamom, coriander, curry, paprika,

– Herbs: basil, tarragon, thyme, rosemary, dill, chives, bay leaf

4. Cold Desserts

Do not refuse you a dessert. Just replace those with more calories with one low in calories. Eat a dietetic yogurt after every meal, simple, jam or compote from different fruit or a few tablespoons of sherbet which can quench your appetite for sweet.

5. Beverages

Avoid everything that bears the label of “natural sweetened” and ” sweetened fruit juice”. Choose instead:

– Coffee and black tea, unsweetened

– Tea and diet juice

– No-calories beverages, with: cola, orange, and chocolate flavor

– Soda: plain or flavored

6. Cereals

They became extremely popular, especially since they provide a healthy and nourishing breakfast without fattening you.You have a variety of types and brands. You can choose especially those which states that protects your silhouette. Avoid those enriched with chocolate.

7. Creams for lying on bread

– Cream of Peanut

– Low-sugar jam or jelly with a caloric content between 10 and 40 calories

8. Bread

Yes, you can eat bread. Just choose the right one. In addition, it is important to get used to these types of bread, because the return to ordinary bread simply cancel your previous effort.

– Diet bread with up to 40 calories on every slice

– Bread or rolls

9. Aliments with proteins

– Vegetables: beans, peas, lentils

– Soy and soy derivatives

– Fresh or frozen seafood

10. Appetizers

–  Try to combine foods from the list above and in this way you know for sure that you have not deviated from the rules above and do not let any feeling of hunger to come to you. Let your imagination express itself and create your own tasty and healthy recipes. Don’t forget that variety is the key of healthy life. I know that today is pretty hard to live healthy but you just have to look with more attention in the supermarket and you’ll find everything that you need for this.

Calorie content will differentiate from product to product, depending on the brand of food that you buy. Therefore, do not forget to consult the table of nutrients on the back of the pack

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