Pickles for a Healthy Snack
are crunchy and delicious but did you know pickles are nutritious,
as well? Naturally packed with vitamins, pickles are a fat free
and low calorie snack. In fact, the average-sized dill spear is
only 15 calories!
What To Watch Out For
Nearly all pickles you find in grocery stores contain artificial
food coloring. They have a yellowish tint to them that has been
added through the use of chemical colors. This is not a natural
ingredient and so it is something you want to avoid purchasing.
Instead, you want to buy completely natural pickles like the ones
you get at Trader Joe's that are made without artificial colors
or flavors and that have an extremely low calorie count as well.
An entire jar of pickles may give you only 50 calories or so and
yet they can be quite satisfying and take up a considerable amount
of space in your stomach, thereby turning off your appetite cravings.
Just don't buy pickles containing any added sugars or artificial
colors. Some pickles are, believe it or not, loaded with sugar.
They're more like candied cucumbers than pickles. Read the ingredients
labels to be sure what you're getting.
By the way, while you're eating pickles, it's an excellent time
to take some calcium and mineral supplements, too. The acidity of
the pickles will accelerate the absorption of calcium.
Interesting Pickle Facts
- Americans consume more than 9 pounds of pickles per person annually
thats 20 billion pickles throughout the U.S. each
- Pickling is one of the oldest forms of food preservation
founded in Mesopotamia more than 4,000 years ago!
- America was named after a pickle peddler Amerigo Vespucci
was a ships chandler who outfitted his ships full of vitamin C-rich
pickles to prevent scurvy among crew members
- Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, George Washington, - and
even modern day Elvis Presley, Bill Cosby and Fran Drescher are
just a few of historys famous pickle connoisseurs
- Shakespeare first coined the phrase in a pickle
in his play, The Tempest
Serving: 1 spear (1.1 ounces)
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