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The food industry vigorously promotes the myth “a calorie is a calorie”, however, based on these four simple facts, we know this is not true: 1. Fiber. You eat 160 calories in almonds, but only absorb 130—because some fiber calories pass through without metabolizing. Vegetables, greens, beans and whole grains are all high in fiber. 2. Protein. It takes twice as much energy to metabolize protein as carbs, so protein spends more calories in processing. And, protein makes you feel full longer. 3. Fat. All fats are 9 calories per gram. But omega-3 fats are heart-healthy and will save your life. Trans-fats will clog your arteries and kill you. Eat more fish, nuts, avocados, olive oil and eggs and avoid most processed foods when possible. 4. Added Sugar. Calories from added sugar are different from other calories, and are jeopardizing health worldwide. And yes that includes honey, syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Excess added sugar leads to diabetes, heart disease, and fatty liver disease, unrelated to its calories. One simple way to cut back? Avoid processed foods and sodas.
First off, I love the card and these are basics most people are still learning. :) Sugar is so incredibly addictive for most people whether they realize it or not. It's added into things you would even think of. AND salt, which is a natural preservative, can be just as tempting to others and way overdone in any processed meal. Best bet is to buy fresh and cook yourself or eat raw veggies. But life is full of compromises. Anything overdone, over used, can hurt you, even clean protein. The human body can only process so many calories at a time period, even if they're healthy calories. Balance, moderation, and DIY foods are the best core. :) Thank you for posting this!
Thanks for this card @damionreynolds you're right about calories not being equal. Different foods do different things to and for your body. This was something that took me a bit to learn. I am glad I know the basics of nutrition -- it definitely helps when you have a fitness or dietary goal. And @Falcon4daisy you're so right about balance and moderation. That's so important and I can't even tell people that enough!
And.....don't think Diet Coke and Coke Zero has zero calories! That stuff tricks your brain into thinking you took in sugar so the next time you eat real food, your body will try to store in more fat because your body has been tricked into wanting more calories!