The healthier-unhealthy food – Part 3

April 5, 2008

This is my weakest link – dipping lots of condiment with my fast food.

Whenever I eat McDonald’s, I will have at least three different condiment to go along. I will have curry sauce, chilli sauce and mayonnaise.

(source: stockxpert)

I do know that it is very unhealthy, but here is a consolation. There is another condiment that contains more fat, and that is tartar sauce!

Now, the next two contestants are mayonnaise and tartar sauce.

Tartar sauce is actually mayonnaise blended with finely chopped pickled cucumber, capers, onions (or chives) and fresh parsley. That’s why it has more calories than mayonnaise. Therefore, per tablespoon, mayonnaise has half the fat of tartar sauce.

I feel less guilt when I consume mayonnaise now. Thanks to Simply Her magazine for this great research. 🙂


A fellow blogger, amandaiscooking asked a great question about how would tartar contain more fat when the ingredients do not have fat content. With careful examination, the ingredients do contain calories, to a small contributing amount, I must say.

Here are some links to the nutrition facts of the main ingredients that go into the mayonnaise, which makes it the “unhealthier” tartar sauce:

1. pickled cucumbers
2. onion


The healthier-unhealthy food – Part 1

April 3, 2008

I have always thought that french fries is an unhealthy choice of snack, because it is deep-fried. However, if you compare french fries to potato chips, the former may likely give you less calories.

french-fries.jpg potato-chips.jpg (source: stockxpert)

Why is that so?

For the same serving size, french fries contain roughly half the fat and calories, and a bit more fibre, than potato chips. Due to its higher water content, fries also fill you up faster than chips.

Chips are easier to pop into the mouth so there is a high chance you will end up eating more chips than fries, even though the calorie content of the two are comparable.


There are many more such comparisons, such as honey and maple syrup. For the next few days, I will be posting these various comparisons.

These information are found on Simply Her magazine, March 2008 issue. This is a great and useful information which allows us to choose wisely amongst the not-so-healthy food!

Catch me as I roll out these food fight among the unhealthy food!