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The Scottish Diet Weight Factors

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Scotland's Climate & How It Relates to Individual Weight

Three major regions comprise bonny Scotland: The Highlands, The Midland Valley and The Southern Uplands. 

The area is gemmed with ancient volcanoes. With the sea at hand, this nautical land mass is subjective to the colliding of arctic airflow and warm winds of the gulf, thus making Scotland's climate a mix-master of weather conditions ranging from mild to potential deadly.

Body Weight Impact of the Scottish Diet

When the climate is humid, the body collects fluids more easily and weight is reflected on the scales. In colder regions, the body requires more calories to support itself.

Scotland's Food Sources, the Basic Daily Diet

Some of the foods prominent in the Scottish diet are: oats, wild berries, kipper, smoked herring, brown trout (battered with oats and fried), cereal, toast, porridge with salt - no sugar, roasted lamb, mutton pie,bannock (steelhead trout), shortbread, blood pudding, bacon, eggs, sausages, potato scones, Scotch Broth, beer,whiskey, and tea.

Afternoon tea is becoming a thing of the past, but early dinners mirror this tradition is what is called 'High Tea'. Some people dine later in the evening, as late as eight or nine.

Body Weight Impact of the Scottish Diet

Late dining is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. 

Food is taken into the body for energy purposes, but at this late hour, the body is preparing to shut down into rest mode for the day, so the food processing is harder for the body to accomplish, even when calorie (energy) requirements have not been met for the day.

 

Let's review some nutrition facts for popular foods in the Scottish diet: Bannock, Kipper and Shortbread.

Traditional Scottish Foods

Nutrition Facts, Calories for Bannock Steelhead Trout, Shoshone Bannock

Nutritional Elements

Units

100 grams

Energy, Calories

kcals

382

Protein

g

77.27

Carbohydrates

g

0.00

Fiber, Dietary

g

0.00

Sugars

g

0.00

Total Fat

g

8.06

Saturated Fat

g

0.829

Monounsaturated Fat

g

1.228

Polyunsaturated Fat

g

1.739

Cholesterol

mg

227

Nutrition Facts, Calories for Kipper, Raw

The large fillet is about 7" long by a little over 2" in diameter and about 1/4" in thickness. The medium fillet is about 5" long and the small fillet, about three inches long.

Nutritional Elements

Units

100 grams

1 oz

1 cubic inch

large fillet

medium fillet

small fillet

Energy, Calories

kcals

217

62

37

141

87

43

Protein

g

24.58

6.97

4.18

15.98

9.83

4.92

Carbohydrates

g

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Fiber, Dietary

g

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Sugars

g

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

Total Fat

g

12.37

3.51

2.10

8.04

4.95

2.47

Saturated Fat

g

2.791

0.791

0.474

1.814

1.116

0.558

Monounsaturated Fat

g

5.112

1.449

0.869

3.323

2.045

1.022

Polyunsaturated Fat

g

2.919

0.828

0.496

1.897

1.168

0.584

Cholesterol

mg

82

23

14

53

33

16

Nutrition Facts, Calories for Shortbread

Nutritional Elements

Units

100 grams

1 ounce

1 cookie

Energy, Calories

kcals

502

142

40

Protein

g

6.10

1.73

0.49

Carbohydrates

g

64.50

18.29

5.16

Fiber, Dietary

g

1.8

0.5

0.1

Sugars

g

15.06

4.27

1.20

Total Fat

g

24.10

6.83

1.93

Saturated Fat

g

6.106

1.731

0.488

Monounsaturated Fat

g

13.420

3.805

1.074

Polyunsaturated Fat

g

3.233

0.917

0.259

Cholesterol

mg

20

6

2

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