Food Diet and Health

Diet Plan

Posted by Asghar in Diet at June 01, 2010

Diet Plan

To help you keep track of what you eat, every recipe in the main body of this site has alongside it is chart of nutritional information. The chart dies not detail every component in the recipe but only those you need to take care about. A varied diet has enough protein, vitamins and minerals, so no figures are given for them – except for sodium, which is often to excess.

The number of calories provided y one serving of the dish is shown first. Then the chart shows how much carbohydrate there is altogether in a serving; a separate entry shows how much of the total carbohydrate comes from sugar, that is from deliberately added refined sugar (or occasionally honey), not the natural sugar in fruits and vegetables. The figure for added sugar is often zero, and in that case it is emphasized by being printed on a shaded strip, in the recipes using yeast, the sugar use to start the yeast fermenting in converted to carbon dioxide and none of it remains in the finished dish.

The char shows the total fat in a serving, and also has a separate entry to show how much of the total is saturated fat. Where this is particularly low – 11 percent or less of the calories per serving – the figure is on a shaded strip so that flick through any chapter shows at once the recipes that are low in saturated fat.

A shaded strip also shows which recipes make a useful contribution of fibre. The shading is used when the fibre content per serving is 3g or more that is one – sixth of the daily target.

The sodium content of a serving is shown in milligrams not grams, since the amounts are so small. You can spot the low sodium (low-salt) recipes quickly because of the shaded strip, this is used when a serving has one milligram or less of sodium per calorie; many have much less.