What is a calorie? - Emma Bryce
Caloric content of aspic
Aspic is a traditional Russian dish, the recipe of which has not changed for centuries. In reality, it is a classic but very rich meat broth, which is given a jelly-like structure. The main advantage of jellied meat is that it is not even prepared from offal, but almost from the waste of ungulate domestic animals - cow and pork legs, heads and even tails.
Such a meat origin and strength of the broth make you wonder what the real calorie content of jellied meat is. After all, if on a store product this indicator is written on the packaging, then with a homemade snack, things are more complicated. It is clear that the total calorie content will need to be calculated by adding up the nutritional values of all the ingredients used in the cooking process: spices, cartilage, meat and bones, fat and vegetables.
Sometimes it is quite difficult to do this, especially if you are unfamiliar with the calorie values of such foods.
Again, the calorie content of jellied meat from young pork, beef and chicken is very different. And the same parameter varies greatly depending on the method of cooking the dish and what and how it will be used. Because of all this, various sources and authors indicate a completely dissimilar calorie content, which misleads a person who is forced to strictly monitor the amount of calories entering his body. Let's try to figure it out, too.
The minimum calorie content of beef jellied meat allows us to dub this dish the most dietary of its kind. 100 g of the finished product accounts for only 80 Kcal, which is why it can be included in the menu of people who are losing weight, but not in large portions. Remember that a similar dish, eaten with mustard, bread, and with vodka, can hardly be called dietary, and it will definitely be deposited on the sides and tummy.
The calorie content of jellied meat from fresh chicken is also low, especially if the thighs, legs and breast were not used for its preparation, but only the legs. If this is the case, then the studied indicator will be equal to only 120 Kcal per 100 g of snack.
The thing is that chicken legs are completely devoid of fatty deposits, but have gelling properties. Remember that the recipechicken cold appetizer, implying the use of the whole carcass, guarantees a sufficiently nutritious dish, the calorie content of which will already be 200 Kcal for the same 100 g.
The calorie content of aspic from home pork is the highest, and all because the pig is initially fattened for lard and meat. In this situation, this figure is in the range from 190 to 330 Kcal per 100 g, which proves the truth of the previous proposal. Again, the fat content can vary depending on what other foods were used in the cooking process. But, in any case, you should not use pork aspic during the period of dieting or on fasting days.
The benefits of jelly
Let's not get hung up on calorie content alone, let's move on to studying the list of advantages of such a snack. Many peoples of the world know about its beneficial properties, who have included it in their national cuisine. But why such honor and popularity?
It turns out that it attracts jelly not only for its energy value, but also for the following positive qualities:
- It is a source of natural protein, which we call collagen. The latter is digested from meat products used according to the recipe, and after entering the human body, it begins to benefit all its cells, and the skin in particular. As a result, it gains firmness and elasticity, gets rid of wrinkles and folds. In addition, addiction to aspic is a direct way to eradicate diseases of the joints and bones;
- Despite the overestimated calorie content of jellied meat cooked from pork and beef, it becomes a resource for obtaining a substance that contributes to the full absorption of calcium and increases immunity;
- Jellied contains literally all the vitamins from group B, as well as glycine, an amino acid that has a positive effect on nervous and brain activity, increases concentration and performance in general.
Because of all this, a couple of kg of jellied meat should be cooked not only on holidays, but also for several days. And in order not to gain weight, use diet options for his recipes based on beef or chicken legs.
However, one should objectively consider what the benefits and harms of this product are. Enough has been said about the benefits, and the harm lies in the increased content of cholesterol, which can accumulate on the inner walls of blood vessels, narrowing their lumens. In turn, this provokes difficulties in the work of the vascular-cardiac system, liver and leads to disturbances in material metabolism. Constant and uncontrolled consumption of aspic is a direct path to excess weight and hepatic pathologies.
Therefore, if you want to avoid all these troubles, you should go to lightweight a variant of the jelly, which is prepared on the basis of gelatin.
Other additives can be the same olives, lemon, garlic and herbs.