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Diet watch: Khari or Marie biscuits?
Samreedhi Sharma Goel
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November 14, 2006

Most people think biscuits don't have calories -- that they, like water, can be consumed and forgotten about. However, biscuits have calories, and some varieties more than the others.

Get Ahead fitness expert Samreedhi Sharma tells us about the calorie content of two sought-after kinds of biscuits -- the delicious Khari, and the popular dieter's choice, Marie.

Khari biscuits (Small, 2 in number)

200 calories (15 grams fat)  = Mopping floors for 40 minutes

This is for all those who believe that Khari is a low fat biscuit, probably due to its lightweight and wafer thin appearance. Here's dispelling the myth -- Khari is one of the most fattening varieties of biscuits. You surely don't know what goes into giving you that crisp flaky crumbly texture.

The main ingredients of Khari are maida (refined flour), vanaspati (hydrogenated vegetable fat) and salt. The difference between this and other biscuits is that each layer of the biscuit has a thick coat of vanaspati on it, making it not just fattening but also not-so-healthy for the heart, thanks to the saturated fat.

Some stores do stock 'diet khari'. However, always keep in mind that the crisp, flaky texture of the biscuit is possible only because of the fat. So, it is not possible to make the 'diet' variety without altering the end product unfavourably.

Marie biscuits (2 in number)

56 calories (1 gram fat) = Mopping floors for 12 minutes

Marie is one variety of biscuits that is highly recommended by dieticians. It is a good snacking choice for calorie-conscious dieters. However, stick to eating just one or two at a time, up to a maximum of three to four in a day. Don't go overboard just because it is low in calories.

Having a biscuit or two at tea-time is a good way to delay hunger for the next one or two hours. In fact, it is a great idea to have a packet in your bag at all times so that you are not stranded without food, especially for people who are on the move.

Several varieties of Marie are available these days, such as those fortified with nutrients or added fibre, and are a good snacking choice.

Health tips

The author is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. She runs Size Wise, a training studio, and also conducts fitness workshops. Besides training with the International Sports Science Association, USA, she has a PG Diploma in nutrition and food technology and writes for a number of publications. 

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Sub: marie biscuits-low on cals?

from what i have read up (n its a lot)on trans fat -any thing cooked in hydrogenated oil (ingredients listing hydrogenated oil,partially hydrogenated oil,vegetable shortening) ...

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Samreedhi, your surname has changed to Sharma from Goel.... Married huh?

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I think nachni(ragi) and soyabean biscuits are een better than marie biscuits.

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