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Old 11-05-2014, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Originally Posted by southkakkatlantan View Post
1 is NOT UNhealthy...10 is 'as Unhealthy as it gets'.

2 bean burritos made with white soft flour tortillas with:

-Ortega canned vegetarian refried beans
-Half a cup chopped white onion
-Half a cup chopped green pepper
-Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-Shredded lettuce
-1 teaspoon light sour cream
-1 teaspoon Texas Pete hot sauce
The meal isn't exactly unhealthy, but there are ways to make it more healthy.

Replace the refried beans with home cooked pinto beans, mash and add a tablespoon of salsa. Tastes good with much less sodium. Canned refried beans are wickedly high in sodium and so is cheese. I'd keep the cheese and use the pinto beans instead.

Replace the white tortillas with a multi grain one.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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The meal isn't exactly unhealthy, but there are ways to make it more healthy.

Replace the refried beans with home cooked pinto beans, mash and add a tablespoon of salsa. Tastes good with much less sodium. Canned refried beans are wickedly high in sodium and so is cheese. I'd keep the cheese and use the pinto beans instead.

Replace the white tortillas with a multi grain one.
Most recipes call for thoroughly rinsing canned beans - so no problems with sodium then.
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Most recipes call for thoroughly rinsing canned beans - so no problems with sodium then.
Rinsing alone does not remove excess sodium:

Step 1
Open your can of beans and pour the beans and brine into the strainer over the sink. Rinse the beans for 30 to 60 seconds to reduce the sodium covering the beans. According to Dr. Gourmet, there are 400 to 500 mg of sodium in a can of beans. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, one-third of your daily intake of sodium is in one can.
Step 2
Pour your beans in a pot and cover with clear water. Heat the water over moderate heat for for three to five minutes to help reduce the sodium content. According to Dr. Gourmet, you cannot get rid of the sodium in beans simply by rinsing them. You must heat them for a few minutes in clear water to reduce the sodium content by one-third.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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My information has it that eggs are an exceptional brain nutrient. Fats are more satiating and are digested/absorbed slowly so they don't shock the system like sugar does. Fats provide a steady energy supply which is why one should have enough of the right fats for losing weight. Fats are also essential for brain and cell health.
Eggs are not a "exceptional brain nutrient", there is nothing in eggs that can't easily be found in many other foods. Fats are digested more slowly....but they aren't more satiating on a per calorie basis. Fat has more than twice the calories as protein or carbohydrates. Satiation indexes show that protein rich (lean fish,etc) and glucose rich whole foods (boiled potatoes, whole grains, legumes, etc) are the most satiating.

Energy from fats isn't anymore steady as energy from carbohydrate, in both cases the excess energy is stored.


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Eggs are for reproduction. They don't exist for food; that's why they have no aroma or taste(till you cook it. and salt & pepper is helpful). And it's hard for humans to break down animal products.
Nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, etc are also for reproduction and people eat those as well. And, in fact, the opposite is the case....animal products are easier to digest than plants.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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You seem to think that calories are a bad thing. And weren't you the guy that thought egg yolks are bad? You can't be taken seriously.
If one is trying to lose weight than calorie dense foods are a bad thing. Light sour cream allows you to add flavor without much calories....avocados on the other hand are very calorie dense and you'd have to use a good deal. And yes I've suggested that people should largely avoid egg yolks.....the same suggestion can be found by numerous organizations. If you don't want to take such things seriously that is your business.


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But avocado have zero sugar. If you want to lose weight, eat avocado - lots of it! Ask me how I know (yes sure I was only 4kg over weight but it was the cashews and avocado that got the last kg off).
There is nothing wrong with sugars in whole foods and sour cream has very little sugar. Eating a lot of avocados isn't, in itself, going to help with weight loss. Avocados are calorie dense and as a result can promote weight gain.

But I don't think adding some avocados to some burritos is a bad thing....I just don't get why someone would think its better than adding light sour cream....especially if we are talking about weight loss.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:49 PM
 
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Find a healthier refried bean or use whole canned beans, such as low sodium black bean. Find a carb balance or wheat wrap instead of standard flour tortilla. Limit amount of cheese. Your meal as you have it is 4-5.

try something like this - we make wraps & salads with this base recipe.
Chicken Fiesta Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com

Another good mix to use in a wrap: Quinoa, onion, low sodium black beans, season with cumin & garlic powder. Its great cold, hot, in a wrap with chicken breast, over a bed of lettuce or on its own as a lunch meal. I also sometimes will add squash/zucchini to the mix for added color & flavor.

As for all the talk about eggs, egg yolk is unhealthy, its where all the fat, cholesterol is. The egg white is a fantastic source of protein. (as are whole beans, which also includes fiber). Instead of hamburger, consider properly seasoned ground turkey.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Rinsing alone does not remove excess sodium:

Step 1
Open your can of beans and pour the beans and brine into the strainer over the sink. Rinse the beans for 30 to 60 seconds to reduce the sodium covering the beans. According to Dr. Gourmet, there are 400 to 500 mg of sodium in a can of beans. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, one-third of your daily intake of sodium is in one can.
Step 2
Pour your beans in a pot and cover with clear water. Heat the water over moderate heat for for three to five minutes to help reduce the sodium content. According to Dr. Gourmet, you cannot get rid of the sodium in beans simply by rinsing them. You must heat them for a few minutes in clear water to reduce the sodium content by one-third.
Then you would have a completely tasteless bean. Rinsing gets rid of the vast majority of the salt. I am not paranoid about salt - salt is good in moderation....heating your canned beans in water to rid them of salt? Seriously? Why not just eat cardboard?
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Then you would have a completely tasteless bean. Rinsing gets rid of the vast majority of the salt. I am not paranoid about salt - salt is good in moderation....heating your canned beans in water to rid them of salt? Seriously? Why not just eat cardboard?
Even with the rinsing and heating, it does not remove all the sodium. They still taste good. When making beans from scratch (dried beans) I don't use salt. They taste nothing like cardboard...they taste like beans! If you don't have a problem with watching your sodium intake, good for you. There are lots of people with high blood pressure who must.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Beans are healthy whether they are canned or not. The amount of sodium is only going to be bad for people suffering from hypertension. Discouraging people from using a perfectly good food is counterproductive. Not everyone has the time to make beans from scratch. Rinsing the beans thoroughly is fine.
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