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I'm a big meat and potatoes girl and I know neither is very good for me. I
like to eat beef jerky as a snack to curb my random cravings for meat.
What's the low down on it? I know it's higher in fat but seems to be relatively
low in calories. What do you think?
Jazzed Over Jerky
Hold on there -- who lied to you and told you jerky is high in fat? Jerky is
actually not only low in calories, it's also VERY low in fat. An average 1-oz.
serving has about 70 - 80 calories and a gram of fat. Most packages have
about 3 - 4 servings, so even if you decide to eat an entire bag of the stuff,
you wouldn't be taking in too many calories or fat grams at all. And, jerky's
also very high in protein and low in carbs. What stops jerky from being a
GREAT snack for dieters is the high sodium count. If you count sodium, you
may want to avoid eating meat jerky because an ounce of it packs in about
500mg. If you don't count sodium, then I'd say go ahead and munch away.
I'm definitely a HUGE jerky fan (even though people typically think of it as
a "boy food" - don't get angry at me for saying that; I'm just stating a fact).
My personal favorite meat jerky is Tillamook Country Smoker's Old
Fashioned Beef Steak Nuggets. Also, Jack Link's makes some great jerkys in
interesting flavors and types of meat. My newest non-meat jerky discovery is
Tasty Eats Soy Jerky in Hot N' Spicy. It ROCKS! I wasn't a huge fan of all the
Tasty Eats Soy Jerky flavors I tried, but the Hot N' Spicy is AWESOME. And
it's more sweet than it is hot or spicy. It has about 90 calories and a gram of
fat per ounce. And it even comes in lower in the sodium department -- with
250mg per ounce. Not bad! OK, enough jerky talk...time for the next
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Hey Hungry Girl!
I was wondering how I would factor in those new fiber powders when
determining a food's Weight Watchers Points value. Do they affect it at all?
There's no secret here... if you use fiber powder in recipes or mixed into
foods, you just need to add the nutritional info of the powder to whatever
you're calculating. For those of you who don't know, a higher fiber count can
often lower a food's point value. But don't think you can go dumping fiber
powder into everything and lower points, because that's not realistic. The
powder itself also contains calories -- so you are not only adding fiber, you're
adding calories, too. Usually, adding the fiber and calories just keeps the
point value the same -- but there are times when you can actually lower a
recipe by a point or so by adding some fiber powder. And fiber is good for
you, too, so using it in recipes isn't a bad idea. In general, nutrition experts
do say you're probably better off getting fiber from natural foods. Looking for
more fiber? Check out some of my favorite fiber-ific finds and recipes.
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