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May 21, 2009

Recommended Reading: Calorie counting on the food pages

You should read this post from the Weighty Matters blog about a suggestion to post nutritional information along with recipes printed in the Ottawa Citizen:

I wrote a letter to the editor of the Citizen "demanding" that the Citizen publish nutritional information for its Food Section recipes. I included in my letter the calorie, sodium, fat and sugar counts for that week's recipes and pointed out that it took me all of 5 minutes to make the calculations.

The letter didn't get published and still the recipes are count free.


So without further ado, this week's recipes:

Mixed-Grill Vegetable and Chick Pea Lasagna
(per entire dish) 3,356 calories, 4,569mg sodium, 172gr fat (33g saturated), 39.7g sugar
- Fairly high in both calories and sodium.

Blueberry Orange Muffins
(per muffin) 240 calories, 286mg sodium, 14.5g sugar, 3.1g saturated fat
- Not terrible for a muffin. Would be much less on all counts if you substituted Splenda (wholly or partially) for sugar and apple sauce for oil.

Whole Wheat Penne with Chicken, Wild Mushroom and Tomato Basil Pesto
(per serving) 446 calories, 106.4mg sodium, 2.8g saturated fat 0.4g sugar
- A winner! Especially given the 11 grams of healthy unsaturated fat in the recipe.

Read the entire article...
Related: Ottawa Food Guide

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