October 1, 2007

Numbers Game: Answer

Which of the following breakfast "switch strategies" reduces the most calories?

Kudos to you if you answered "replacing your morning bagel with an English muffin." A standard four-ounce bagel contains 310 calories, while a typical two-ounce English muffin packs in 134 calories. That's a difference of 176 calories!

Let's take a look at the other options:

Replacing a cup of whole milk with one of skim milk reduces your intake by 55 calories, a large orange provides 24 less calories than a cup of orange juice, and the 95 calories in a tablespoon of peanut butter aren't that far off from the 102 present in a tablespoon of butter.

This is not to say that the three options listed above aren't good ones.

After all, replacing a cup of orange juice with the fruit itself provides more fiber and five times more calcium, and the heart-healthy fats in peanut butter are more beneficial than the high levels of saturated fat found in regular butter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Thanks for the health tip. I was especially surprised at the difference between an orange and orange juice.