The British Cheese Board claims if you follow its food-lover’s tips for a lower fat summer you can still occasionally enjoy foods like cheese, chocolate and chips even if you are watching your waistline – provided that you eat them in moderation and take regular exercise too.18-07-2011
The British Cheese Board claims if you follow its food-lover’s tips for a lower fat summer you can still occasionally enjoy foods like cheese, chocolate and chips even if you are watching your waistline – provided that you eat them in moderation and take regular exercise too.
The British Cheese Board tips:
Cheese – with 99% of households buying cheese and 700 named cheeses made on British soil, it’s safe to say we’re a nation of cheese lovers. But, even if you are watching your weight, you don’t have to cut out cheese altogether. By choosing low and reduced fat cheeses, you can reduce your fat and calorie intake, while still getting a good source of protein and some of the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs, such as B2, B12 and calcium. Alternatively, you can opt for stronger tasting cheeses in your cooked dishes – you need a smaller portion of an extra mature Cheddar or Blue Stilton than you would of a milder cheese to get the same delicious cheesy taste. For a tasty, healthy summer lunch, check out the British Cheese Board’s scrumptious Healthy Ploughman's.
Chips – are undoubtedly one of the nation’s favourite foods. In fact, a quarter of all the potatoes that are grown in Britain each year (1.5 million tonnes) go towards fulfilling the nation’s chip cravings. The good news is that it is possible to serve up chips in a much less calorific way than the average chippie by opting for oven chips. On average, 100g of oven chips contains just 4.2g of fat compared to fast-food chips, which can contain anything from 15.5g per 100g of chips. Better still, oven-baked chips are a source of potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. In fact potatoes provide around 15% of the total vitamin C intake in the UK diet.
Chocolate – with research showing that chocolate is one of the nation’s most popular addictions, a summer without chocolate may be a sacrifice too far for most. Certainly, chocolate does contain calories, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be banished altogether. Cocoa, and therefore chocolate (especially dark chocolate) contains antioxidants, but this needs to be balanced against the fact that chocolate also contains fat and sugar and is a calorific food. A few squares of chocolate once in a while can be incorporated into a healthy eating pattern, particularly if other snacks also include fruits and vegetables and whole grains that contain beneficial nutrients but are not energy dense.
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