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Carbohydrates in Cooking Oils
Salad Dressings

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

When Low Carbohydrates Equals an Unhealthy Situation

That's right - and you really are seeing double in regards to the dietary fiber grams and the carbohydrate grams. There are zero grams contained in all types of cooking oils - as well as zero fiber grams.

This really underlines the risks of a carbohydrate-restricted diet plan.

Because recipes for salad dressings differ greatly, it is best to check the nutrition label of your favorite brand for the carb content.

The Fatty Acid Distribution

One cannot consume unlimited amount of foods containing zero carbs without experiencing an increased risk to their heart.

Many foods such as oils and animal proteins that are very low in carbohydrates - or minimal, are those food choices which generally are responsible for saturated and Trans fats.

These types of fats serve to clog the arteries and damage the heart and circulatory system - at times leading to other unfortunate health ills including cancer, diabetes and stroke.

Carbs in Italian Salad Dressing = 3 Grams.

Based on single serving size.

One of a dieter's best choices for salad dressing is balsamic vinegar. When served from the bottle it contains about 5 calories. Several brands of balsamic vinegar dressing for salads and marinades exist at the local market and many contain minimal caloric content. One Tablespoon of Balsamic Salad Dressing of a particular variety Diet Bites reviewed contained 14 calories and 2.73 carb grams.

For dieters searching for lower carbs and calories in their daily diet, balsamic vinegar will fit into the puzzle slot. It's also very tasty and can liven up the most boring of salads.

Carbs in Butter, Single Serving

How many carbohydrates in a serving of butter? Just a trace....

This example of a food containing only a trace of carb grams is why low carb diet plans can present health issues. The dieter may go overboard on foods containing a small number of carbs, yet certain foods with low carb content can present significant health risks.

- 1 cup of solid butter contains about 1,628 calories, 184.12 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0.14 carb grams. The fat content for 1 cup of solid butter is as follows: 116 saturated fat grams, 47.7 monounsaturated fat grams, 7 polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 cup of solid butter also contains 488 mg of cholesterol.

- 1 Tablespoon of butter contains about 102 calories, 11.52 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0.01 carb grams. The fat content for 1 Tablespoon of solid butter is as follows: 7.3 grams of saturated fat, 3 monounsaturated fat grams, 0.432 polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 Tablespoon of butter also contains 31 mg of cholesterol.

- 1 pat of butter contains about 36 calories, 4.06 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0 carb grams.  The fat content for 1 pat of solid butter is as follows: 2.6 saturated fat grams, 1.05 monounsaturated fat grams, 0.152 grams of polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 pat of butter also contains 11 mg of cholesterol.

- 1 stick of butter contains about 810 calories, 91.65 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0.07 carb grams. The fat content for 1 stick of solid butter is as follows: 58 saturated fat grams, 24 monounsaturated fat grams, 3.44 polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 stick of butter also contains 243 mg of cholesterol.

For Butter Lovers, whipped butter makes a wiser choice for a healthier diet although light margarine makes for an even healthier fat source choice:

- 1 cup of whipped butter contains about 1,083 calories, 123 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0.09 carb grams. The fat content for 1 cup of whipped butter is as follows: 76 saturated fat grams, 35 monounsaturated fat grams, 4.5 polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 cup of whipped butter also contains 331 mg of cholesterol. As we can see, whipped butter is substantially less in calorie and fat gram content.

- 1 Tablespoon of whipped butter contains about 67 calories, 7.62 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0.01 carb grams. The fat content for 1 Tablespoon of whipped butter is as follows: 5 grams of saturated fat, 2 monounsaturated fat grams, 0.283 polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 Tablespoon of whipped butter also contains 21 mg of cholesterol.

- 1 pat of whipped butter contains about 27 calories, 3.08 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0 carb grams. The fat content for 1 pat of whipped butter is as follows: 2 saturated fat grams, 1 monounsaturated fat grams, 0.114 grams of polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 pat of whipped butter also contains 8 mg of cholesterol.

- 1 stick of whipped butter contains about 545 calories, 61.64 fat grams, zero dietary fiber grams, and 0.05 carb grams. The fat content for 1 stick of whipped butter is as follows: 38 saturated fat grams, 18 monounsaturated fat grams, 3 polyunsaturated fat grams. 1 stick of whipped butter also contains 166 mg of cholesterol.

 

Risks of Low Carb Diets, Health Issues

Diets restricted in carbs can present high health risks & dangers to certain dieters.

Low Carb Diets & Diabetes

Diabetics are particularly at risk when succumbing to a low carb diet without the supervision of their physician. While a low carb diet might put the diabetic individual at great risk, a diet that is low in simple carbs is generally a better solution.

Simple carbs include foods such as donuts, cupcakes and pies - generally fat-filled, sugar-loaded goodies that the diabetic would do well to stay away from - dieting or not.

Diabetics, Low Carb Diets & Kidney Damage

Because low carb diets tend to spin around proteins they can be taxing on the kidneys and may increase the progression of kidney related diseases in diabetics, thus placing the diabetic in a potentially life-threatening situation.

In addition, a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein generally works in expelling a good deal of water from the body. And water weighs heavily on the weight scales.

Keeping this in mind, low carb diets may present the illusion that a dieter has lost a lot of pounds when in fact, the weight is due to water expelled from the body. Once the low carb dieter resumes their standard diet, weight that was lost in the form of water swiftly returns to the body.

In Summary: If you are diabetic and considering a low carb diet, you'll want to meet with your physician before doing such to ensure your good health.

Low Carb Diets & Hair Loss

Losing hair by the handfuls lately while on a low carb diet? If so, then that low carb diet may indeed be the culprit.

Because low carb diets are not based on the official food pyramid, they are considered fad diets. And many fad diets deliver ill health effects that may be short-term, or which may damage an individual's health throughout their life span.

Of course, too many extra pounds can produce the same ill risks.

Keeping these facts in mind, the dieter must approach weight loss sensibly, not only keeping their focus on what the weight scales read, but also on the effect that their new diet plan is having on their body. Such as hair loss.

Hair Loss, Low Carb Diets

If you are experiencing hair loss while cutting carbs your hair loss is probably to blame. However, be certain to check in with your physician to rule out more serious health conditions.

Will your hair grow back? Time will tell.

Losing one's locks is a very personal thing, a very embarrassing and frustrating experience. I know because I did just that with my wild and crazy diet about a decade ago. Unfortunately, my hair has never been the same.

If you are on a low carb diet and experiencing hair loss, discard the low carb diet for a healthy daily diet built on the official food pyramid. And be sure to check with your physician to ensure that your hair loss isn't related to more serious health matters.

In Summary

Condiments can get the best of dieters in Weight Gain Trouble. While most of the above condiments contain nominal calories, salad dressings and Mayo are King of Condiment Calories and should be used with smart discretion.

A healthy, perfectly innocent salad can go from almost zero to Crippled Hero when a few spoons of high calorie salad dressing is added.

Ranch Dressing is a huge Calorie Offender as well as most cream-based salad dressings such as Buttermilk Dressing and Honey Mustard Dressing.

The tomato based salad dressings make a better choice but chiefly-vinegar based salad dressings make the healthiest choices.

Balsamic vinegar is a delicious concoction and contains a skinny 5 calories per serving.

 

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