Nougats are part of the variety of candies found at Hispanic tables during Christmas and New Year. Together with raisins, sweet bread, nuts, and almonds, nougats provide delicious flavors… and calories.
Therefore, it is very important for you to know how many calories these foods may provide you with, so you can have balance and choose the right portion size—because it is forbidden to eat one whole nougat by yourself! If you eat nougat candies, you will then have to limit other foods in order to avoid exceeding on your calorie count.
The following list shows you the most popular types of nougats—both soft and hard—together with the average number of calories they provide (no specific brands).
- Hard nougat: 490
- Soft nougat: 583
- Chocolate nougat: 480
- Egg yolk nougat: 397
- Praliné Nougat: 589
- Hard nougat with almonds: 385
- Fruit nougat: 370
- Truffle nougat: 438
Be careful not to trust the “no sugar” label on these products, because even though lower in calories, they are not calorie-free. For example, while a regular soft nougat has around 583 calories, the sugar-free version has 419.
Experts say that unlike other Christmas treats, nougats have a strong emotional component. Some people need the taste of a specific kind of nougat to “transport” themselves towards childhood memories, generally linked to the family house where they used to celebrate the Holydays.
In the United States, nougats are not usually found in every corner—as it is in Latin American countries. In fact, many people take trips specifically to buy nougats at Hispanic stores.
However, this desire of eating something delicious while being “connected” with the country of origin may result in an undesired weight gain to start the next year. These extra pounds don’t relieve the nostalgia of the season, but complicate it even more.
Now, with this information in one hand, you will be able to have a piece of nougat in the other one and decide what is best for your diet.
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