Can You Guess Which Party Food Is More Sinful?
The festive season can be a huge stumbling block if you’re on a mission to eat less junk. To help you avoid being a party pooper, we’ve rounded up some of the usual suspects and tell you which are the lesser evils…
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- 100 grams of chips contains about 536 calories
- Also contains saturated fats
- Is crazy addictive. Before you know it, you would have munched the entire bag away
- 100 grams of popcorn contains about 375 calories
- Usually comes drenched in butter and sugar, a source of saturated fats
A 2012 study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that popcorn contains a higher level of polyphenols – an antioxidant that has been linked to lower risks of cancer and heart disease – than fruits and vegetables. On top of that, popcorn also has a ton of healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fiber. Your best bet is to eat it plain or with a little bit of seasoning, as opposed to the heavily buttered kinds you find at the cinemas.
- A battered, deep-fried chicken wing contains about 103 calories
- Buffalo wings has around 130 calories, but that number increases when you eat it with the blue cheese dipping sauce
- 1 regular-sized hot dog contains about 150 calories
- Similarly, if you’re slathering on mustard and ketchup and whatnot, you’ll end up consuming more calories
- Also comes with approximately 566.8mg of sodium, since it’s a processed food
WINNER: Chicken wings!
Unless you’re absolutely sure that the hot dogs the host puts out are organic and uncured, you’ll be better off reaching for the chicken wings instead. To feel less guilt, leave the skin and go for the ones that are not drenched in sauce!
- Generally, a slice of cake with icing comes up to more than 300 calories. Sorry, cake lovers
- Yeap, you’ve guessed it – the thick layer of cream and icing is the source of sinfulness in your log cake
- On average, a piece of chocolate truffle contains slightly over 60 calories
- The recipe calls for cream and butter to achieve that smooth texture, so there’s no avoiding that!
WINNER: Chocolate truffles!
Sure, you can polish off a whole box of Godiva chocolates by yourself at home, but when you’re at a party, chances are, the treats would get passed around and you’re less likely to over-indulge. Whereas, if you helped yourself to a slice of log cake, it’s a little rude to not finish it, right?
- A glass of champagne contains about 90 calories
- It also contains a lower level of carbs compared to other wines
Gin & Tonic
- Made with gin, tonic, and lime wedges
- A glass of G&T comes up to about 150 calories, but if you use a diet tonic water, you can keep the contents in your G&T to just 59 calories
WINNER: It's a tie!
Champagne is served in a smaller flute compared to wine glasses, so if you’re watching your intake, it’s only logical for you to reach for the bubbly than wine. But if that’s not your thing, gin & tonic isn’t too bad for your waistline either. You can even tell yourself that the lime wedges are contributing to your daily vitamin C intake, if that makes you feel better.