Nutrition and Energy
Nutritional Value of Sauces
Food Nutrition in Sauces
Most commerical sauces typically contain high levels of sugar and salt to enhance taste and flavor. Creamy sauces (eg. Bearnaise, Hollandaise) tend to be high in calories and saturated fat and are best avoided if you have raised cholesterol. Bechamel or white sauce contains less energy and fat but when converted into a Mornay sauce (cheese added) its calorie and fat content increases signficantly. Gravy is another sauce that can be high in fat when meat fat and juices are added. Pasta sauces can vary enormously in nutritional content. Some are much more calorie dense than others. Creamy pasta sauces like those used in Carbonara and Fettucini dishes are high in calories and fat. Hot and spicy sauces using chili are typically lower in energy and fat content. Sauces used in Far Eastern cooking (eg. soy sauce, oyster sauce, black bean sauce and yellow bean sauce) are high in sodium. In addition, they should be avoided by anyone with a gluten or wheat intolerance. If you have high blood pressure you should avoid all Oriental sauces.
Energy in Sauces
The calorie content of sauces varies signficantly according to type. A serving of apple sauce contains about 45 calories; a serving of Bearnaise sauce contains about 200 calories; pasta sauce contains between 35-200 calories per serving. Soy sauce and Tabasco are less than 10 calories per tablespoon.
Nutrients in Sauces
The proportion of macronutrients in sauces varies according to type.
Vitamins in Sauces
Sauces contain a varying amount of vitamins but are not generally speaking a recommended source of vitamin micronutrients.
Minerals in Sauces
Sauces contain a varying amount of minerals and trace elements but are not generally speaking a recommended source of mineral micronutrients.
Glycemic Index (GI) Value For Sauces
There is no typical GI value for sauces. They can be high or low depending on ingredients.
Most Nutritious Types of Sauces
The most healthy sauces are the varieties with a low fat and sugar content. Tomato or chili based sauces tend to have the lowest amount of calories and fat.
Nutrition in Types of Sauce
Weight Control, Exercise and Nutrition
Some people who want to lose weight make the mistake of focusing exclusively on calorie-intake and counting calories. Although keeping track of energy intake is vital, energy expenditure is also important. So too is diet nutrition, because when we maintain a healthy body and metabolism, we burn calories faster. In short, if you want to lose weight, make sure you eat a healthy diet in order to obtain all your necessary nutrients.
Dietary Calories In Types of Food Groups
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