(2) Tuna vs (7) Zucchini
Mar 14, 2016
Tale of the Tape:
Zucchini (1 cup): 0g Fat, 4g Carbs, 1g Protein
Tuna (Fresh 3oz, YellowFin): 0g Fat, 0g Carbs, 21g Protein
Tuna (1 can): 0g Fat, 0g Carbs, 16g Protein
Well, well, well...2 of my very favorites in the first round. While I love both and think both have a very strong place in anyone's meal plan, there can only be 1 winner.
Let's take a look at their strengths first. Zucchini's strength is in it's versatility and it's extremely low amount of carbs. Making it an awesome dinner meal. Remember, dinner should be lighter than most of us Americans make it. An interesting way to prepare zucchini, in case you don't know or haven't heard me spew my love for them, is making noodles out of them or "Zoodling" them. This makes a lot of Italian meals much healthier. A cup of regular pasta noodles equates to about 44g Carbs, whereas, a cup of zucchini comes to about 4g Carbs. That's a massive difference! Zucchini also boosts a high level of Vitamin C, good for your immune system. In fact, creating a meal with tomato sauce and zoodles would be a great way to boost your immune system if you felt you were coming down with something.
Next we got Tuna, a pillar in my diet for many years! Tuna is an amazing protein. It's cheap, easy to get and packs a ton of protein with no Carbs, and no Fats (Each serving did have about 1/2g Fat). Over the years though people have told me it is hard to get down and what makes it worse is often times people need something the likes of mayonnaise to get it down. Once you add mayonnaise to anything it has essentially lost all nutritional value (at least in terms of ratio). The mayo does to much damage to make it healthy. Also, it was never specified as to whether we are dealing with canned tuna or fresh tuna. Fresh tuna as well as albacore tends to have high levels of mercury which doesn't make it good to eat on an every day diet.
Ultimately, the versatility of the Zucchini wins out. I feel like if I could get my clients to substitute the pasta for zoodles it would be helping us more than if they just incorporated more tuna in their diet. By no means is tuna bad and i feel like it should be a part of everyone's diet but, someone had to win. Do remember: Fresh Tuna Has HIGH LEVELS of MERCURY and should not be eaten daily.
Verdict: (7) Zucchini upsets (2) Tuna
Next Match Up: (1) Greek Yogurt vs (8) Blueberries