But, as registered dietician Keri Glassman pointed out on The Early Show Friday, there's not good, and then there's not good!
She noted six different food pairings:
Better and Worse
Better: One two-ounce Oscar Myer Hot Dog on Wonder Bun with one tbsp French's classic yellow mustard and Heinz ketchup -- 305 calories, 17.5g fat, 7g sat fat
Worse: Ground Beef Burger on Wonder Bun -- 430 calories, 29.5g fat, 11g sat fat
Take-Home Point: Portion-controlled hot dogs, as opposed to burgers, can add up to fewer calories. Most people would think a hot dog would be the worse choice, but hot dogs prove to be the best of the worst.
Better: Two tbsp Heinz Sweet Relish -- 20 calories, 0 g fat, 95 mg sodium, 3 sugars
Worse: Two tbsp. Heinz Ketchup -- 40 calories, 0g fat, 380 mg sodium, 8g sugar
Take-Home Point: Condiments can add up fast! Adding ketchup may seem harmless, but relish is half the calories.
Better: Four tbsp Santa Barbara Mild Guacamole and 15 Tostitos Tortilla chips -- 220 calories, 14g fat, 1g sat fat, 280mg sodium, 4g protein
Worse: Four tbsp Lays French Onion Dip and 10 Multigrain Pita Chips -- 240 calories, 16g fat, 4.5g sat fat, 700 mg sodium, 5g protein
Take-Home Point: It's a toss-up -- when choosing high calorie snack foods, choose nutrient dense ones such as guacamole, to at least add some nutritional value (healthy fat)
Better: Corn on the Cob with one tsp. butter -- 155 calories, 3.4g fat, 1.6g sat fat, 32g carbs, 4.5g protein
Worse: Mixed Bean Salad (one cup mixed beans with 3 tbsp. Italian dressing) -- 394 calories, 19g fat, 0 g sat fat, 41g carbs, 13g protein
Take-Home Point: Be in control -- corn on the cob is portioned for you and only you can decide how much butter to add. Mixed and pre-prepared salads can add loads of extra calories from dressings and oils.
Better: DoveBar Dark Chocolate with Vanilla Ice Cream (78g bar) -- 260 calories, 17g fat, 11g sat fat, 26g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g protein
Worse: One serving homemade Peach Cobbler -- 338 calories, 17g fat, 8g sat fat, 44g carbs, 1g fiber, 3g protein
Take-Home Message: Just because it contains fruit doesn't mean it's better for you! Portioned ice cream bars are a better low-calorie option next to homemade pies and cobblers, especially ones made with butter and shortening-laden crusts.
Better: Red Wine Sangria (6 oz.) -- 149 calories, 7mg sodium, 22g carbs
Worse: Margarita (Six oz.) 350 calories, 800mg sodium, 20g carbs
Take-Home Message: Wine-based drinks are still a lower-calorie option next to fruity, mixed cocktails. Margaritas pack twice the calories next to a refreshing glass of sangria.
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