[By Julia Hunt]
Similar foods can have vast differences when it comes to our waistlines. We show you some food angels, and their devilish counterparts that may masquerade as sisters but are actually worlds apart.
Flour tortilla vs Wheat tortilla
A white flour tortilla gets 29 of its calories from fat. That’s 3.3 grams of fat per serving. Of these, 0.8 grams are unhealthy saturated fats. The remaining fats are heart-healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Just five calories in a wheat tortilla come from fats, a total of 0.6 grams. A wheat tortilla’s fats consist of 0.1 grams of saturated fats and 0.5 grams of unsaturated fats. If you are watching your waistline, then watch the type of tortilla you are serving for dinner.
White rice vs Brown rice
Brown rice is the whole grain with just the first outer layer (husk or hull) removed through milling. It retains its fiber and germ which contains vital nutrients. White rice, on the other hand, is brown rice that has been milled to remove the bran and much of the germ, reducing fiber and nutrient content drastically. The grain is further polished to take away the remaining layer of germ (called the aleurone layer) which contains essential oils. As a result, brown rice has twice the manganese and phosphorus, 2 ½ times the iron3 times vitamin B3, 4 times the vitamin B1, 10 times the vitamin B6, making it the clear winner in the nutrition stakes.
Milk vs Yogurt
One big difference between milk and yogurt is that it contains beneficial bacteria while milk doesn’t. This beneficial bacteria is known to cure many digestive system-related problems like bloating, acidity, ulcers, colon problems. Regular consumption of yogurt helps to maintain good digestive health. Did you know that yogurt which forms a part of the staple diet of Bulgarian people, is known to give them longevity.
Another benefit of yogurt over milk is that the former is easily digested, even by people who have lactose intolerance or protein allergy. Yogurt contains more lactase which actually helps to improve lactose absorption in people with lactose intolerance. People suffering from bloating, acidity, and stomach burns find their symptom relieved when they add yogurt into their regular diet.