Sunday, August 21, 2005

They're eating their rugelach

A study by Israel's Health Ministry found that Israeli eating habits are actually relatively low in fat. How is this possible? Anyone who's ever been to Israel knows how awesome their breads, pitas, rugelach (one word: Marzipan!!!), chummus, and gummy candies are. Of course, they also have a great variety of fruits and vegetables (check out this week's parsha for more details) but still!

Some other stats:
  • Israelis consume only about half the calcium required on a daily basis
  • Israelis consume between three and six servings of fruits "or" vegetables (not both?) instead of the five recommended to them by nutritionists.

  • Arabs eat more whole grains (bread and pitas included) than Jews, and

  • Jews eat more pastry than Arabs do
  • The study also showed that Israeli Jews eat more 1.6 times more sweets than Israeli Arabs [it's gotta be the rugelach!!!]
One unsurprising finding was that Jewish Israelis eat more on Thursdays, Fridays and Shabbatot.
That can be attributed to Thursday night chulent at mishmar, and then the Shabbos seudos on Friday and Shabbos. But, as we learned in high school, the calories ingested on Shabbos/Yom Tov are calorie-free, right? ;)


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