Saturday, May 16, 2009

Calories

These are the main, actually only requirements of where the area in which I live needs to have: a nearby Costco, Trader Joes, and internet access so I can shop on Amazon.com. That's it.

Speaking of Costco, I assume pretty much all of you, whoever you might be, have eaten at one of its food courts. For a really great value, nothing beats Costco. Where else can you get a decent-sized hot dog and a drink for only $1.50? A slice of pizza that is bigger than two slices from a Pizza Hut "jumbo" size pizza and with more toppings for $1.99? More than twice the pizza at about half the price. And so on and so forth.

Ever wonder how many calories are in the things you order?

Head over to AddictedToCostco.com and you will find a link to a pdf file containing the nutritional information for the items served up in their food court. Or, you can save time and click here.

Julie always orders the Hebrew National polish dog when we go. Sounds pretty healthy - it's Kosher. And it's just a hot dog. I looked it up on the chart and there are 540 calories, 290 of which are from fat. That's 50% of the recommended daily value for fat, and 62% for the saturated fat total.

I've been inclined towards the pepperoni pizza lately. You would think the stats for that would be a whole lot worse than for a harmless hot dog. But you'd be wrong. There are more calories: 620, but only 220 come from fat. That's 37% and 54% of the recommended daily values for fat and saturated fat, respectively.

Oddly enough the cholesterol and sodium content is lower in the pizza, as well. And even stranger (at least to me) is that the pepperoni, with its puddles of grease floating on top, is less caloric than the combo or cheese pizzas. I wonder how many calories you can remove by soaking up the grease with a napkin before ingesting the pizza?

Anyway, take a look at the list for yourself. I've seen worse nutritional information, though, with levels exceeding 100% of the recommended daily amounts for fat, saturated fat and sodium.

I thought the list was pretty interesting. See, my blog acts as a public service, not just a mindless escape.

Remember, do not eat too much just before bedtime as it may cause nightmares:






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