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Fruit cake is a sponge cake with nuts and raisins baked in a rectangular, narrow form. Keks is very popular, especially during the Christmas season. Although the fruitcake is a cake with dried fruit and nuts, it is not rich in vitamins and minerals. Check out what makes traditional Polish fruitcake different from those produced in other countries.

Fruit cakeis a sponge cake with the addition of chopped dried or candied fruit, nuts and spices.Kekscomes from ancient Rome and was prepared from barley mash with the addition of pomegranate, pine nuts and raisins.

In the Middle Ages, honey and spices were also added to the mash. It also quickly reached Europe, but the additives depended on the availability of ingredients in a given country. In Poland, the traditional fruit cake has the shape of a loaf and a high content of candied fruit, nuts, raisins and figs, it is consumed during the holiday season.

This is the same fruit cake in Canada and is available for sale during the holiday season. Also in Germany, a traditional fruitcake is baked for Christmas, it is shaped like a loaf with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. On the other hand, in Bulgaria and Australia, the fruitcake is on sale all year round. Bulgarian fruitcake is made of flour, butter, milk, yeast, yoghurt, eggs, cocoa, walnuts and raisins.

In the Bahamas, candied and dried fruits, raisins and walnuts are soaked in rum a few months earlier. Additionally, the cake is poured with rum immediately after baking. And in the UK, the cake is round, covered with marzipan and decorated with holly leaves or snow ornaments.

Keks - is it he althy?

Kekscontains significant amounts of fat, with a predominance of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Despite the content of dried fruit and nuts in the fruitcake, there are insignificant amounts of vitamins and minerals.

However, compared to other vitamins, the content of vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin D stands out. Among the minerals, copper, phosphorus and iron deserve attention.

Fruit cake is a high-calorie product, 100 g of fruitcake provides 385 kcal.

Fruit cake is not a product that we should eat every day, we should choose it from time to time and in small amounts. The fruitcake is not recommended for obese people because of itshigh calorific value, diabetics and people with digestive system diseases.

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Keks - calories, nutritional values ​​(in 100 g)

Caloric value - 385 kcal
Protein - 6.5 g
Fat - 17.5 g
- Saturated fat - 7.08 g
- Monounsaturated fatty acids - 7.45 g
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids - 1.91 g
Cholesterol - 87.0 mg
Carbohydrates - 53.7 g
Fiber - 5.7 g
Sucrose - 15.5 g
Minerals(% of RDA for an adult)
Sodium - 91 mg (6%)
Potassium - 337 mg (7%)
Calcium - 103 mg (10%)
Phosphorus - 145 mg (21%)
Magnesium - 33 mg (8%)
Iron - 1.6 mg (16%)
Zinc - 0.77 mg (7%)
Copper - 0.19 mg (21%)
Vitamin A - 163 µg (18%)
Vitamin E - 2.92 mg (29%)
Vitamin B1 - 0.07 mg (5%)
Vitamin B2 - 0.18 mg (14%)
Niacin - 0.63 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 - 0.09 mg (7%)
Vitamin B12 - 0.27 µg (11%)
Vitamin C - 0.3 mg (0.3%)
Vitamin D - 0.8 µg (16%)

Nutritional value: database Tables of the nutritional value of food products and dishes of the Food and Nutrition Institute,% of the recommended daily intake based on the Nutrition Standards of the Institute of Food and Culture, 2012

About the authorMarzena Masna, dietitian SOS Diet, dietary catering, WarsawA graduate of dietetics at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She gained professional experience in dietary clinics, the Nursery Complex of the Capital City of Warsaw and Warsaw hospitals for adults and children. She constantly deepens her knowledge by participating in conferences on proper nutrition, as well as diet-prevention and diet therapy of diseases. Currently, a dietitian at SOS Diet, where he deals with dietary cateringnutritional consultancy for clients, creating recipes, preparing the menu and supervising the quality of meals.

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