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What’s More Important? Total Calories Or Source of Calories

Are total calories or the source of those calories more important?

There are plenty of folks out there who will tell you that if something is only 50 or 100 calories that you shouldn’t worry about it…it won’t cause any harm to your waistline, or health in general.

Sometimes I’m even one of them.

However, there are a few instances when I say it’s all about the ingredients and not total calories.

Let’s say you like to get those 100-calorie snack packs that have become so popular.

It’s only 100 calories, so why not eat them.  You won’t add that many calories to your daily total and can still lose weight, right?

Let’s look at the first 3 ingredients of the Oreo’s:  White confectionery coating, chocolate cookie and sugar.

Actually the ingredients list on the box is huge, with plenty of things I can’t pronounce and/or know what the heck they are.

Sound okay to you?

But it’s only 100 calories, right?  Weight Watchers says they’re okay.

Let’s take a look at a different one.  No one expected Oreo’s to have anything good on the ingredients list anyway, right?.

How about Wheat Thins Toasted Chips Multi-Grain

Sounds healthy, right?  After all it says “wheat” and “multi-grain” right in the title.

Not so fast my snacking friend!

Enriched flour, whole grain wheat flour, soybean oil, sugar are the first 4 ingredients.

They call them “Wheat Thins” and “multi-grain”, yet enriched flour is the first ingredient…the same stuff I’ve always told you to stay away from, plus soybean oil isn’t that great and you know sugar isn’t good.

So what’s that tell you?

Pay attention to the ingredients list no matter what the front of the box says – and actually try to stay away from boxed food in general because they’re always deceitful and most lead you to believe it’s healthy or okay to eat, when they’re all loaded with enriched flour, unhealthy oils and sugar…as well as a healthy dose of unpronounceable man-made ingredients.

Ingredients ALWAYS matter.

Have an awesome day!


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Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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