I want to get a point straight, low calorie is not always healthy, unless is a whole, natural food! For example, a light “butter” spread, yes it may have less calories, but it’s not real butter, only chemicals. It’s better to have a 100 calorie serving of grass-fed butter than two or three servings of chemical filled “butter-like substance!”
That’s my biggest pet peeve!
The other day, I overheard someone in class talking about “nutrition.” That person was giving a lecture to another person about how peanut butter is “bad” for you because it has a lot of calories and fat and that one should only buy reduced-fat pb. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Yes it has a hefty amount of calories and a larger amount of fat per serving size but it’s all good for you! The fat is good heart healthy fats needed for our bodies, it also contains a lot of protein needed for strong muscles. Two tablespoons of natural (no sugar added) peanut butter is actually very filling and satisfying, especially before a hard workout or a long run. Reduced-fat peanut butter is filled with sugar to replace the lost fat in the peanuts, that’s it. More sugar, chemicals, and processed ingredients and less nutrients.
Now let’s compare the two
Jif Creamy peanut butter contains 6 more ingredients than smucker’s natural creamy peanut butter and only 2o calories and 4 less grams of fat, plus it contains trans fat! It is totally worth it for the few extra calories and fat, knowing that you’re not eating chemicals, sugar, or trans fat, plus you can actually taste the peanuts!
Unfortunately, many people are blinded by the word “low calorie” and can’t see past the “perks” of it. They automatically think that less calories=good without placing proper judgement on what they are eating.
Here are some more examples of “low calorie” versions of foods that can actually be healthy if they are in their most natural state:
- 80 calorie greek light n’ fit yogurt is loaded with artificial sweeteners
compared to Oikos Plain Greek yogurt which contains only one ingredient: milk! (the way it should be!)
Sara Lee 45 calorie Whole Wheat bread has way too many ingredients that you can’t even pronounce and contains 4 types of sweeteners! Sugar, Honey, High fructose corn syrup and Sucralose (artificial sweetener like splenda)!
Ezekiel Sprouted grain breads contain 40 more calories per slice, but no additives or chemicals with ZERO sugar and healthy organic ingredients that will satisfy nutritional needs!
Fiber One Chocolate Squares contain 80 calories but that’s not all. It has a whopping 19 ingredients, yes you heard right, 19! Most ingredients are chemicals and genetically modified ingredients I’ve never heard before. Like really, someone please tell me where does “artificial flavor” grow?
Love Grown Foods Chocolate Power O’s are made with Non-GMO ingredients. The first ingredient is a bean blend and making it a nutritious way to start your morning.
Don’t be mislead by ingredient labels. Looks for natural whole foods with minimal ingredients to avoid sugar, preservatives and chemicals. Remember, you can’t base nutrition off of calories, it should be based on the food as a whole, the ingredients, healthy fats, protein, minerals, vitamins, etc.
Today i’m linking up with Jen at Peas and Crayons!