Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cream Cheese Versus Nutella

Hi Everyone. Or Nobody. It's been awhile. I'm going to try a series of updates. Today's update is answering a simple question that my son asked today while we prepared a snack.

The question wasn't about which was more delicious. It was about which was more nutricious or more precisely, which one was worst for us.

For me, this is always a tough question. First problem, I need to find some glasses so that I can see the labels.  This is often tougher than it sounds.  Today, after some searching, I got lucky and found that they were on my head.  Really.

Then, I go to the harder part. What matters to my healthy? Is it the same as matters to my sons health.  He's 14 and skinny as a rail.  I'm 55 and struggling to maintain a certain look.  Here's the labels, lets compare.   Both define a server as 2 tablespoons.

First line is about fat. Probably bad for both of us. Cream Cheese has 7 grams of fat, Nutella has 11 grams.  Score one for cream cheese.

Cholesterol:  Cream Cheese has 20 mg, Nutalla has none.  Score one for Nutella.  One to one.

Tie breaker: Sodium  I think that means salt.  There's 125 mg of sodium per serving in cream cheese.  Only 15 mg in Nutella.  Nutella wins, two to one!

Of course, there is that second column dealing with carbs and proteins.  And somewhere, it says something about overall calories. But I'm pretty sure that those are less important to us than the amount of fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

There is the nuance of what type of fat, saturated or note.  They both had about the same percentage of their fats as saturated. I'm pretty sure saturated fats are worst type of fats.

There's also the question of whether we are eating in the morning, when carbs are probably more OK rather than at night, when I should probably be staying away from deserts, sugars, and carbs.   But who knows?


BBat50 said...

I suppose that I should look at the second column of nutrion info:
Cream cheess vs Nutella
carbs: 2 vs 22grams
sugars: 1 vs 21 grams
proteins: 2 vs 3

BBat50 said...

Cream cheess vs Nutella
fat: 7 vs 11 grams
cholest: 20 vs 0 mg
sodium: 125 vs 15 mg

BBat50 said...

Bottom line: Old people like me need to watch salt and cholestorol so stay away from the cream cheese. I should also stay away from all the sugar in Nutella.