The average intake of biscuits ranges between 420 and 480 calories for 100 grams (that is between 30 and 50 calories for each single piece, depending on the weight and on the ingredients enriching each variety). The protein content ranges between 7 and 9 per cent, the lipid content between 12 and 20 per cent, while the carbohydrates content ranges between 65 and 75 per cent.
Nutritionists suggest to assume a 20 per cent of the whole daily calorie requirement for breakfast: this means that biscuits' consumption in the morning may range between 30 and 50 grams (from 130 to 220 calories, apart from breakfast classics such as milk, jam, honey etc.).
Diabetics better eat wheat-meal biscuits, since their glucose index is lower than the one contained in bread, cereals and other products.
Pandoro and panettone
Panettone and pandoro require simple and natural ingredients such as wheat flour, eggs, sugar and butter, and their calorie intake for 100 grams is slightly higher than the one for the same amount of bread, while the calories distribution in proteins, fats and carbohydrates is very close to the optimal one recommended in the globally consumed diet.
The presence of both simple and complex carbohydrates provide our organism with a slow and gradual glucose intake, in order to satisfy instant needs for energy, while fasting or between meals, and to extend this intake, thus avoiding both short-term glycemic peaks and hypoglycemia.
Beside this nutritional balance, other positive properties include the easy and fast digestibility and assimilability, favoured by the natural leavening process.
Merendine and cakes
Mini-tarts, cakes and sponge rolls, brioches and croissants, in the right amount, can be eaten at any time during the day, in order to provide a correct energy intake.
The weight of a merendina ranges from 30 to 50 grams: this means that the calorie intake and the nutritional principles are very low, namely between the 119 calories of mini-sponge rolls and the 180 ones of a mini-tart. It follows that a merendina covers between 6 and 7 per cent of the daily energy quantity recommended for children and kids.
Merendine are sufficiently rich in starches, sugars and fats, which not only provide the products with the requested consistency, but also make them flavoursome and tasty.
A Merendina contains about 3 grams of proteins, 20 grams of carbohydrates (a good half consisting of simple sugars), 7 grams of fats (with an average 3 grams of saturate ones), a significant quantity of iron, calcium and B1. B2, A and E vitamins.
It is important to notice that branded merendine do not contain trans fat acids, as hydrogenated fats aren't used in their production.
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