It’s a Christmas battle royale! The holiday favourite shortbread cookie against the much-maligned and ancient (sometimes more than expected!) fruitcake. So, who takes the proverbial cake?
|16th Century||Date of Birth||50 BC|
|120 kcal||Calories||139 kcal|
|5 kcal/g||kcal Density||3.2 kcal/g|
|5.8 g||Total Fat||3.9 g|
|0.2 g||Trans Fat||0 g|
|1.5 g||Saturated Fat||0.5 g|
|3.6 g||Sugar||12.8 g|
|0.4 g||Fibre||1.6 g|
|109 mg||Sodium||116 mg|
No Baloney’s results? Thankfully, the holiday season is a once-a-year indulgence, as neither of these foods are winners. But, we have to give the win to fruitcake.
Although 37% of calories come from sugar in fruitcake, some of that is naturally occurring as fruit (though we use the term fruit VERY loosely). With an artery-clogging 11% of calories in shortbread cookies coming from saturated fat this is one treat you want to keep to a minimum.
We would normally provide some tips for boosting the nutrient content of these holiday faves, but that seems a sacrilegious suggestion for Nana’s famous shortbread cookies! While we are on the subject though, fruitcake really should come by its name honestly – use actual dried fruit instead of that terrifyingly-coloured candied fruit mixture (raisins and apricots are pretty decent sources of iron)… or you could try using 50% whole wheat or spelt flour to increase fibre… or add hemp hearts or ground walnuts…okay, we’re done.
*Nutrition information from the Canadian Nutrient File: “cookie, shortbread, plain, commercial” and “cake, fruitcake, commercial”