Here’s a hidden secret of the Internet: at the end of 2013 Google quietly launched their nutrition comparison tool. To use this clever web-based tool, simply type the word ‘compare’ into the Google search bar, followed by two types of food.
For example, if you want to know the nutritional difference between asparagus and artichoke, simply type ‘compare asparagus and artichoke’ and pretty images of both items will appear along with a breakdown of calories, fat, sugar content, protein, and other nutrition values.
I tested the tool by searching for two of my favourite not-so-good-for-you foods: cheese and chocolate. As you can see in the photo above, I was able to filter my cheese and chocolate selection by using the drop-down menu below each item. I selected dark chocolate and Camembert cheese for the comparison, and I learned that the chocolate is higher in calories than the cheese. Interesting!
The system is not foolproof. I had trouble searching for a few brand names, and when I tried to compare like items to like items (milk chocolate and dark chocolate) I was directed to articles and not the tool. According to Google, the data comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database, meaning you can only compare anything the Department of Agriculture keeps information on.
Maple syrup season is officially here despite the late start to the season. Everywhere I look I’m seeing maple-infused something, from donuts and salad dressings to speciality milks and sweet frostings, and this natural sweetener seems to be the flavour du jour.
I love maple syrup as much as the next person, and lately I’ve been using it to infuse steamed milk with a subtle sweetness that makes the warm beverage feel like a decadent treat. Despite slightly warmer days, these early spring evenings are still cool and instead of winter’s warm cocoa, we’re drinking this lighter, comforting concoction.
The beauty of this drink is that it can also be used to make homemade lattes (either tea or espresso based) for the adults in your family. To do so, fill your mug halfway with your favourite tea or coffee, and then add equal amounts of the warm maple milk, filling the cup to the top.
Are you fond of maple syrup? What’s your favourite way to use this natural sweetener (other than pancakes, of course)?
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