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Pandoro or panettone for breakfast: yes or no?


As Christmas approaches and supermarket shelves have already been full for months of products typically linked to this holiday, the fateful question arises: pandoro or panettone?

Beyond personal preferences, these two desserts represent the symbol of Christmas and often already from November, and well into the new year, they are part of the dietary routine of many people.

Even if it is a sin of gluttony limited in time, and which therefore can be indulged in lightly, it is good to remember that pandoro and panettone they are desserts rich in calories and fat, and for this reason should be consumed sparingly.

This obviously doesn't mean depriving yourself of them, but adopting some precautions, such as consuming them at certain times of the day rather than others.

Among all, the best one seems to be the breakfast.

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Why eat them for breakfast

Pandoro or panettone are unmissable foods on Italian Christmas tables, but sometimes also on those of the previous weeks.

Very often these sweets are consumed in the morning, to replace what you usually eat to start the day. Whoever does this makes the best choice from a caloric point of view.

Pandoro is more caloric and has more fat than panettone but the differences are not huge.

Indicatively we can say that approximately 50 grams of panettone provide 160 calories, while 50 grams of pandoro 180.

Both desserts, taking into account these indications in terms of quantity, can therefore be eaten without problems for breakfast, even better if associated with some protein food, so as to increase the sense of satiety and reduce the glycemic load that desserts of this type ensure .

An excellent idea is therefore to eat a good slice of pandoro or panettone with a cup of skimmed or vegetable milk, or some Greek yogurt and berries, or even an egg white omelette.

To be avoided, instead, to combine these foods with other baked products such as biscuits or snacks, which would only increase calories and glycemic peaks. The same goes for spreads, jam, butter or honey, all highly caloric elements. Cereals, oat flakes and rusks are also better to consume at another time.

In addition to not representing contraindications from a caloric point of view, eating pandoro or panettone for breakfast is very useful because they are foods capable of bringing a lot of energy into the body, ideal for starting the day in the best possible way.

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Why avoid them at snack time

Pandoro and panettone can theoretically always be eaten but if they are absolutely recommended for breakfast, the same cannot be said for a snack, with the obvious exception of children, for whom a snack based on these Christmas sweets absolutely represents a tasty alternative to try, especially panettone, less rich in fat.

The reason why adults should eat them as little as possible as a snack is that both of these Christmas desserts contain more than 50 grams of sugars per 100 grams.

A slice of this weight, in fact, provides more than 25 grams of carbohydrates, which is approximately equivalent to two and a half tablespoons of sugar or approximately 250-300 grams of fruit.

A very high quantity, which if at breakfast is perfect to start the day, by mid-afternoon is too much, especially for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle or who tend to gain weight easily.

Furthermore, very elaborate desserts such as pandoro or panettone they provide non-satiating calories, which give a sense of satiety only for a short time. To avoid arriving at dinner hungry, however, it is a good idea to have a healthy snack that soothes that slight feeling of hunger that can arise in the afternoon.

The intermediate solution: the end of the meal

Even if the ideal is to eat pandoro and panettone for breakfast, a not entirely negative solution is to savor them at the end of the meal. Even better if this did not contain carbohydrates. A mainly protein-based meal, consisting for example of chicken breast with vegetables, or legumes, and not accompanied by bread, focaccia or pasta, can be completed with a slice of these desserts. Doing so and staying on small portions of approximately 50 gramsthere is no risk of excess calories in a single meal, or of experiencing glycemic spikes.

Another good general rule to understand whether to include a slice of pandoro or panettone in your meal is to calculate the fat.

Panettone can contain up to 16-18 grams of fat per 100 grams, while pandoro can contain up to 22-25. A 50 gram slice, therefore, contains approximately the fats of a spoonful of oils, a spoonful of butter or two eggs.

Knowing the nutritional values โ€‹โ€‹of these foods helps you make the best choice for your health, with peace of mind and without deprivation.

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