Dr. Maya Roseman: Pita and cheese sandwich is a good dinner on a diet

Science and Health

Dieters would be surprised to learn that a cup of hot chocolate has significantly more calories and protein than a pita and cheese sandwich. 

An individual pita has about 200 calories and a slice of high-fat 28% yellow cheese has 100 calories – a total of 300 calories. A slice of yellow cheese has about 6 grams of protein. 

Hot chocolate (credit: ILLUSTRATIVE; INGIMAGE/ASAP)

In a cup of hot chocolate in a cafe, according to the calorie table of Reshet, a popular coffee shop in Israel, there are about 400 calories and 11 grams of protein. Shockingly, there are 11 and a half teaspoons of sugar in one cup.

Yellow cheese (credit: INGIMAGE)

Which option is more satisfying and what is healthier?

Pita with yellow cheese will satisfy hunger for a much longer period of time. One can also add slices of tomato or roasted pepper for dietary fiber and vitamin C, which is needed for calcium absorption.

A pita with yellow cheese will also be healthier, even though it has a little less protein because there is not a huge amount of sugar like there is in a cup of hot chocolate.

In addition, yellow cheese also has almost 300 mg of calcium, which is about a third of the recommended daily amount of calcium.

To further upgrade the pita, choose whole wheat. A pita and yellow cheese sandwich can be an option as dinner even during a weight loss diet.