What's Worse: calories OR chemicals?
Posted 17 February 2007 - 12:11 AM
However I have to admit I feel a bit torn - even though I put splenda in my coffee every morning and enjoy the occasional diet coke I'm not so sure how I feel about these items. I mean really, what is worse, real sour cream with like three easily recognizable ingredients on the back or fat free sour cream which is like 0 points but has a laundry list of weird chemicals I've never heard of?
I don't know. Right now because I really do want to lose weight I'm eatign the weird chemical versions...they taste okay but are they bad for us? We've heard so much recently about "hydrogenated' stuff and these foods are chock full of it.
My FI also was telling me about an article he read where food companies know they can get a lot more money for these lower calorie foods. Because calories are determined in a certain way by the government he said that some food manufacturers modify their food so int he test they come out lower calorie but if you eat them they turn to fasts or sugars or whatever. I have no idea if this is true.
It seems like natural, simple foods would be better for you... BUT a lot of these foods are also very fattening... thoughts?
So for now I guess I am eating these weird non-food foods in hopes that I will lose the weight and when I reach a point where I'd like to "maintain" (hard to imagine that happening) I would remove these items from my diet? Is that reasonable or possible? If I replaced them with the REAL items would I then gain back all the weight?
Posted 17 February 2007 - 12:24 AM
Posted 17 February 2007 - 12:25 AM
The past few weeks I've been craving junk food too and its getting the better of me, I'm still working out so that helps, but long term its not good.
I know whole foods are supposed to be so much better for you. we drink a lot of crystal light at home and I think about how that can't really be good for us, but whats better drinking juice & other high calorie drinks?? don't get me wrong, I drink a lot of water too, I love water, but sometimes you need something else!
So in answer to your original question, I don't know which is better to do, I wonder the same thing sometimes
Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:37 AM
but you want to hear about my junk food craving...sheesh it is BAD!
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:58 AM
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:47 PM
Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:49 PM
I agree with the other girls...I say go natural with that stuff. My mother is really into nutrition and health and has researched tons of stuff like that. I would say the vast majority of the reports and books she's read as well as seminars that she's been to have really supported the idea of more natural foods as beneficial to long term health.
Personally I have a pretty strong reaction (horriffic headaches etc.) to most artificial sweeteners to I really can't eat/drink things with them. But I try to find things with reduced sugar if possible and I like to think that helps!
Also, I try to buy things with mostly "good" fats and cook with things like that too. Also, a little trick I recently learned, instead of using oil or butter to cook or saute with, use a low sodium broth - chicken, beef or veggie. It's actually really good! I'm a big fan of things sauteed in butter (who isn't?!) but I recently made some chicken fajitas using a little bit of broth to cook them in and they were acutally way better than my normal fajitas!
Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:24 PM
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:39 PM
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