French fries. Fried clams. Corn dogs. Fried dough. Do you remember when you could eat all of these and still feel great? Do you remember when you could eat all of these and not gain weight or have it show in all kinds of places you wish it didn’t? A Staple Of The Standard Western […]
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Granola – I admit it, I love most kinds. But, honestly, most granola can be considered a “health halo” food – a food that seems like it should be healthy (but isn’t) because of the way it’s labeled, or because of what it’s called, or because of some of its ingredients. Granola always sounds so […]
Chinese take-out can be a friend to your diet – or the devil in disguise. Commercial Chinese food – or what you usually get for take-out – can be extremely high in fat (a caloric nightmare) and very high in sodium (a water retention nightmare). And then there’s portion size: those little white boxes hold […]
In my neck of the woods, barbecue season is right around the corner. I happen to love hamburgers, but, needless to say, I don’t love the calories and saturated fat in most of them. Some Hamburger Stats Most (not all) hamburgers are made with either ground round or ground chuck and are usually six or […]
I spotted these at a bakery in Chelsea Market in New York City. Would a kid want to eat Ernie’s hair or Cookie Monster’s eyes or Elmo’s nose? Maybe yes, maybe no — I guess it would depend on the child’s age and feelings about Sesame Street characters. And, what about all of the food […]
Do you have a clue what the difference is between reduced fat, low fat, light, and fat free. You practically have to walk around with a cheat sheet — or an app — to figure out if something actually lives up to the promise on the product’s label. The same thing is true on menus, […]
If you did, you’re not alone — actually you’ve got plenty of company!
Our pizza eating habits are amazing. Whether we buy it fresh or frozen, by the slice or by the pie. We eat it for takeout or grabbed off of round metal trays plopped on formica tables. We eat it everywhere and by the ton.
* According to Domino’s, each person in North America eats 23 pounds of pizza a year
* Americans eat the equivalent of about 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second
* Men, women, and children in America eat an average of 46 slices of pizza a year
* 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month
* Almost 70% of Superbowl watchers eat a slice (or two or three) during the game
Do you think you are being oh-so-virtuous by grabbing the reduced fat cookies or crackers off of the supermarket shelf? I hate to disillusion you, but sometimes there isn’t a big difference in calories between the low or fat free version and the regular version of the same food.
In many reduced and fat free foods the fat is replaced with flour, sweeteners, or other starches and fillers which make the reduction in calories very small or, sometimes, nonexistent.
When fat free and reduced fat foods – especially snack foods like cookies, crackers, and chips hit the market — they were touted as products to help with the rising tide of obesity. Even things like pretzels, marshmallows, and gummy bears, foods that never contained fat to begin with, had “fat free” plastered all over their labels.
What does low fat or reduced calorie really mean? With the holidays rapidly approaching many of us are starting to scan recipes and plan menus – which means grocery shopping. It also means trying to balance out the excess calories from holiday meals with some “lighter” fare – which also may mean grocery shopping. Walk […]
Valley Of Fatigue When I was a kid there was a commercial on TV for Welch’s Grape Juice. The gist of the commercial was that when you hit your 3 or 4PM energy drain – or what they called the “valley of fatigue” — a nice glass of Welch’s grape juice would help you climb […]
Penny Manegan Klatell, PhD, RN
Penny is a doctoral level nurse; a health, life, and wellness coach; and a Mom. She’s also a nutritional counselor, food lover, former college professor, author, blogger, speaker, and a very frequent restaurant visitor. She’s from a Greek restaurant family where she learned to cook and discovered the need to speak loudly to be heard above the din. She writes about delicious, healthy food and how to eat well anytime, anywhere, and at any age.