100 lb. Club - Is Chicken Parmesan Healthier than Eggplant Parm?

03-13-2010, 05:47 PM
I just cooked the best Eggplant Parm, just wondering is it healthier/ less calories than Chicken Parm?

03-13-2010, 05:53 PM
I'm guessing that without an ingredients list, we wouldn't know. Offhand, I would say the eggplant by itself, has less calories than the chicken. But, again, without knowing how you cooked it, or what you put in it, it's hard to say.

Jennifer 3FC
03-13-2010, 05:56 PM
Eggplant tends to soak up oil, but like Angihas2 says, it just depends on how you cook it. Eggplant parmesan sent me to the hospital to have my gallbladder removed 10 years ago. :lol:

03-13-2010, 05:57 PM
Eggplant would have less calories than chicken but it depends on what other ingredients are in it as well.

03-13-2010, 06:24 PM
None of it will be "healthy" unless it's prepared in a "healthy" manner. If it's loaded with oil (120 calories per tablespoon), loaded with bread crumbs, whole eggs, full fat mozzarella and ricotta cheeses - and therefore HIGHLY calorie and full of fat - it's not so healthy.

BUT, if either of them are made with healthy ingredients that are kept to a minimum, then either of them will be healthy.

Heck, you can take "healthy" broccoli, dip it in eggs, bread it, fry it in oil and bake it with cheese and it would no longer be healthy.

So, it all depends on what you do with it.

Arctic Mama
03-13-2010, 06:33 PM
Awe Robin, why did you have to make that broccoli sound so delicious?!

Though epplant may be less caloric by itself, I think you will get more nutritional bang for your buck with boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. That
protein is lean and important, whereas eggplant is fairly nutritionally empty (for a vegetable) and is a sponge for oil. Especially if you're
going to bread and fry it, stick with Chicken Parmesan.

03-13-2010, 06:45 PM
It depends. I'd say the chicken is healthier than the eggplant, however for those wanting to keep their calories low, the eggplant. Calories have nothing to do with "health" they are energy, so your question is all wrong. If you are walking non-stop across the country you may need 3000 calories per day. Fat, protien and carbs are all needed for health-- but in what amounts? I'd ask what your basis of the word "health" is? Skinny people eat garbage, and get cancer and other diet related issues too. Oh well, now that I have muddied the waters...

Fat is healthy, by the way-- even saturated fat. Look, those people in charge of getting out the message really dumb it down and it ends up confusing as many people as it helps. Our body contains un-zipping enzymes called desaturases that take apart saturated fat as needed, transforming it into the mono and poly unsaturated fats deemed uber-healthy. Fats are important for storing energy, controling hormones, and youthful skin, joints and muscles-- fat is totally important and you need to get enough of it.

I personally am going over to the "clean living" side, low-er carb, and also "serving size" crowd. I now am thinking that overweight is caused by simply eating "too much" and in essence except for lowering obviously toxic food like salt, sugar and flour, you can eat anything in small amounts.