Posted by: kezblonde | 2008/08/21

Dried Corn &  Bread

Hi - are those dried corn bites that one buys at Fruit &  veg or most delicatesen places fattening? i was told they not bad and a little at a time. also i' m trying to lose weight and am on a budget for food. if i eat 2 slice toast a day for lunch with eg tuna or etc bad for me if i' m trying to lose weight. i know carbs are bad and should be avoided in diets but i cant afford to buy fresh food every other day like lettuce and etc... so want to know if i am doing ok.

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Dear Kezblonde
Carbohydrates are NOT bad or to be avoided when you are on diet because carbs have the lowest energy content of all nutrients (only 16 kJ per gram, compared to 37 kJ per gram in fat - quite a difference you will agree). So you can certainly eat wholewheat toast for lunch with fat-free cottage cheese or tuna canned in water and other carbs at your remaining meals (e.g. AllBran for breakfast or unsifted maize meal or Maltabella, and brown rice or sweet potatoes for supper together with fat-free milk, yoghurt, lean meat or fish in small quantities or legumes). Most snack-type foods like corn bites contain a lot of fat. I don't know if the ones that are sold at Fruit & Veg city are packed in containers with labels so that you can check on the fat and energy content, but if they are like the other corn bites sold in packets, then they will be fattening if eaten in large quantities because they contain 2300 kJ and 38g fat per 100g on average.
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