Do you ever find it difficult to make a meal your entire family will eat? I say I won’t do it – make something different for everyone but I do. Recently, I realized how bad it really was when someone once asked me what I was making for dinner that evening. I told him my husband and son were having salmon, my other son was having filet mignon, and my daughter was having spaghetti. The person howled with laughter as he exclaimed he wished he lived at my house. This is an issue I’m going to deal with as matter of a principle. After all, I’m not a short order cook and I am certainly not preparing all this food with a smile on my face.
In the meantime, I had been very excited about a classic food I found that everyone seemed to like – Bubba burgers. I had always been skeptical about any frozen, premade burgers. These truly were delicious. As life would have it, when we discover something that seems too good to be true, unfortunately that’s often the case. We had been eating these convenient, delectable burgers for over a year when I decided to read the nutrition label. Honestly, I felt like a child who just learned there is no Santa Claus. Believe me, my motto is everything in moderation. HOWEVER, there are certain foods in which their nutritional value just crosses the line for me. Bubba’s now were one of them. When a food crosses the line, there is something on that label that is soooo outrageously unhealthy, I just won’t eat it. Recently I was at the supermarket and tossed a Marie Callendar’s Chocolate Satin Pie in the cart. Just before the checkout person scanned the pie, I looked at the nutrition label – 410 calories (not SO bad for dessert), 29 grams of fat (45% of the daily value – I’m starting to feel uneasy), 14 grams of saturated fat (70% of the daily value – penalty, red flag, nada, no way). I could literally visualize the fat clogging the arteries of my family – certain to be followed with TE Patch Breaking News, “Mainline Family Perishes of Massive Heart Attack.”
The debate I’m having within myself is do I continue to buy Bubba’s for my family. My middle son, who shall remain nameless, proclaims these are the only burgers he will eat. He is by far my most fussy eater. Hasn’t had fruit since he was one and consumed a baby food jar of mashed bananas. True story. Anyway, as good as Bubba’s are there are other burgers which are tasty and not quite so damaging nutritionally. Admittedly, a burger isn’t winning any heart healthy food awards. However, eating a different burger can be one of those small changes that makes a difference in your overall diet and, more specifically, your heart health.
Ok, now the “meat” of this blog (lol). I am going to compare some different burgers and you and your family can make the decision for yourselves. Now remember DV (daily value) is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your specific calorie needs. This certainly gets the point across. Also, remember the recommended fat consumption per serving of food is 5 grams of fat, 3 grams saturated.
Bubba’s (5 oz.): 430 calories (320 fat cals, 76% of total calories come from fat) - 35 g fat (54% DV), 15 g saturated fat (75% DV)
Ground Chuck (6 oz. 80/20): 418 calories (244 fat calories, 58% of total calories come from fat) – 28 g fat, 10 g saturated fat
Ground Beef (6 oz. 90/10): 346 calories (164 fat calories, 47% of total calories come from fat) – 18 g fat, 8 g saturated fat
Jennie-O Lean Turkey Burger (5 oz.): 160 calories (40 fat calories, 25% of total calories come from fat) – 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat
Boca Classic All-American Meatless Burger (2.5 oz): 90 cals (20 fat cals, 22% of total cals from fat) – 2 g fat (3% DV), 2 g saturated fat (2% DV)
Take note of the gradual differences from the granddaddy of fat and calories (the “Bubba”) down to the meatless burger. Just remember you have many different options to make a great burger. As I always say, it doesn’t matter how healthy it is if you don’t like the taste. Chances are you can always find a healthier option that can also be a great tasting option. Next battle is tackling which are the most nutritious, tastiest toppings…
Instead of my usual quote, I will leave you with an interesting fact. Did you know that a typical hamburger in 1957 weighed one ounce and contained 210 calories? Today that same burger would weigh six ounces and pack a whopping 618 calories.
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