Calories in the Dairy Group
Written by Diet Bites
The Dairy Group is your go-to Food Group when it comes to strong bones and bone health in general - including those pearly whites. Many reduced fat dairy selections actually contain more calcium benefits than their full-blown peers - so that's an added health perk.
As a note, butter, cream cheese as well as cream are unfortunately excluded from the official American Food Pyramid because they are too extreme in dietary fat grams; what a shame, eh?
However, we can opt for the reduced fat, reduced calorie versions of these products and they will then fit into our weight loss plan.
Rather than butter, opt for reduced fat margarine. Rather than cream - opt for the reduced fat variety, and the same applies to cream cheese. In addition - look for the whipped butter and cream cheese at the market as they contain fewer calories than their full-blown peers and a calorie saved goes toward that 3,500 necessary to lose one pounds.
Skim dairy products can contain less than half of their whole peers. For example, a cup of fat free milk contains 80 calories while whole milk contains 150.
While eggs are considered a protein source we've included them in our chart as they are typically found in the dairy section at the market.
While the dairy group offers healthy calcium benefits, it also contains a dark side; several foods that are exceptionally high in fat and calories. Ice cream, cheese - oh my, here we go. But have no fear is the thought of doing without these foods are putting you off from dieting - or if they are tempting you on your currently weight loss plan.
It's time to replace regular 80-plus calorie cheese for the 50-calorie varieties. You probably won't even be able to tell the difference. While you may be only saving thirty or so calories, but if you do this about three times - hello 100.
If you can't stomach reduced fat ice cream, what about the lower fat yogurt? Or sherbet?
In addition, keep focused on where you want to go in your dairy choice. While a serving of low fat ice cream might look tempting, you'll only get 1/2 cup for that serving size. If you opt for low fat cottage cheese - you'll be enjoying two times that amount; yes - that's right, an entire cup; just another perk for making those wiser food choices.