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Healthy Alternatives #1

Take a moment and consider this logic: 
1. Fat-free foods are healthy.
2. Skittles are fat-free.
3. Therefore, Skittles are healthy. Make sense?
 
Of course not. But it’s exactly the type of reasoning that food manufacturers want you to use.
 
Over the next 10 days or so, I’ll send out two foods that can be decieving and some healthy alternatives.
 
Yogurt with Fruit at the Bottom
The upside: Yogurt and fruit are two of the healthiest foods known to man.
 
The downside: Corn syrup is not. But that’s exactly what’s used to make these products supersweet. For example, a cup of Colombo blueberry yogurt contains 36 grams (g) of sugar, only about half of which is found naturally in the yogurt and fruit. The rest comes in the form of "added" sugar — or what we prefer to call "unnecessary."
 
The healthy alternative:  Opt for Dannon Light ‘n Fit Carb & Sugar Control Yogurt, which has 90 percent less sugar than regular yogurt does.
 
 
Baked Beans
The upside: Beans are packed with fiber, which helps keep you full and slows the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream.
 
The downside:  The baked kind are typically covered in a sauce made with brown and white sugars. And because the fiber is located inside the bean, it doesn’t have a chance to interfere with the speed at which the sugary glaze is digested. Consider that 1 cup of baked beans contains 24 g sugar: That’s about the same amount in 8 ounces of regular soda.
 
The healthy alternative:  Red kidney beans, packed in water. You get the nutritional benefits of legumes, but without the extra sugar. They don’t even need to be heated: Just open the can, rinse thoroughly, and serve. Try splashing some hot sauce on top for a spicy variation.
 
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2 Responses

  1. Kidney beans: yuck. :-)

  2. Two words. Lentil loaf. 10 times better than meatloaf because the lentils absorb the flavor. Super filling,High in protien, low in calories.

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