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Old 05-22-2008, 05:47 AM   #1
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Hi i have never used polenta before could you tell me the health benefits over say mash potatoe. Also can you just mix in minced garlic to make it taste nicer


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Old 05-22-2008, 07:14 AM   #2
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The nutrition analysis of polenta is like this

for 50g (about 1,6oz or 1/3cup)

Energy 180 kcal
Protein 4 g
Fat 0.5 g
Carbohydrate 40g
Fibre 1.3 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Sodium 2 mg

This is an analysis of regular polenta, if you can find whole grain or polenta taragna (specialty of valtellina, made with buckwheat mixed in) the nutritional value is a little higher, especially fibre content, plus they have more robust flavour. (they are usually not precooked though so it takes a lot more time, about 30-40 minutes with continuous stirring)
Also it can be said that polenta is very filling, so it will satisfy you quicker, and let's say takes less than pasta or rice to fill you up.

I don't see why not with the addition of garlic, flavour of polenta is quite neutral so there is a lot of room for you to play with with your imagination.

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Old 05-22-2008, 07:49 AM   #3
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Would seem the simplest explanation of the food value of polenta is that it's about the same as corn and corn is not a particularly highly nutritious food?
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:56 AM   #4
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Is Polenta A Nice Alternative To Mash Potatoes .
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:02 AM   #5
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:21 AM   #6
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Both potato and polenta and reasonably harmless foods. It's what you add to them that can be a problem.

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