"Don't be fooled by a quick health claim on the front of the label." Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, warns us of traps we may fall into when trying to eat healthier foods.
Lauren: We all know that donuts, fried foods, chips, are not healthy foods. We all know that we should be eating less of those, but are there foods out there that you might think are healthy that can also pack on the pounds and we should be aware of. Absolutely. Juice. Very often people drink their morning juice for that boost, vitamin C, maybe some good energy, but those containers can easily be 16 ounces of juice. That's four servings, that's 250 calories of juice sucked down in 30 seconds. Really want to limit our juice, maximum of four ounces of juice, which would be 60 calories, per day. Baked chips. Seem like a good choice at first glance because they're not fried, have a little bit less calories, but the problem with them is they're easy to overeat. Most people that choose baked chips over regular chips will end up just eating more baked chips, and consuming the same amount of calories that they would have from the regular version, so it's not generally a savings. Nuts. We know they're healthy, but it's very easy to overeat or mindlessly eat nuts. If we're going to include nuts, which we absolutely should, small handful or one or two tablespoons in a salad or in a dish, put the rest of the nuts away because overdoing it on nuts will not be better. Reduced fat peanut butter. Sounds like a good idea, but it doesn't really save you many overall calories, and they replace the fat with more sugar. So you're better off with one or two tablespoons of regular, all-natural peanut butter, almond nut butter, or some other kind of product. Fruits. Not all fruits are created equal. Many fruits contain a much higher sugar content, or are harder to stop at just one serving. Take grapes for example, serving 60 calories worth of grapes is 10 to 12 grapes. How many people stop at 10 to 12 grapes? Much safer to pick something like berries or melon where you get more volume for less calories, or something like an apple or even a banana. It's 100 calories, but you stop when the banana is finished. Just because a sugar cereal says whole grain doesn't mean it's a healthy choice for you. Does it say 100% whole wheat as the first ingredient? Does it have good foods in it? Don't be fooled by a quick health claim on the front of the label. So these are some things that you may not expect, but now that you're aware of them you can make sure that the effort you're putting forth to better your health and improve your weight is well spent, and leading you in the right direction.
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