22nd September 2007

Is Diet Soda better than Regular Soda?

Diet Soda vs Regular SodaThe answer is no. It’s not. It does have fewer calories, but that doesn’t make it better. Recently CNN posted this item about the link between [regular] soda pop and obesity, which should come as no surprise to anyone. However, in my opinion, the author of the article did readers a disservice by ignoring the dangers of diet soda, and by this omission misleads people into believing that diet soda pop is somehow better for you. The truth is that diet soda is just as bad as regular soda, and in some ways is actually worse.

The key lies in an old cliche – “all things in moderation”. One can of soda pop a day, whether it’s diet or regular, won’t kill you, but if you’re in the habit of downing several every day, or stopping at the local gas mart for that 64-oz. gynormous Big Gulp of soda, then you need to be aware of what you’re really doing to yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Netvouz
  • DZone
  • ThisNext
  • MisterWong
  • Wists
  • BlinkList
  • Furl
  • Linkter
  • Spurl
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • YahooMyWeb

posted in The Daily Diet by Trisha

16th September 2007

When is Organic not good for you?

When the giant, multi-billion-dollar food industry tries to fool consumers into buying a product – any product – by simply slapping the word “organic” on the packaging.  As consumers, it’s up to us to be aware that the word “organic” alone does not signify healthy.   It simply means that (some of) the ingredients were (supposed to have been) grown without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or growth hormones.  It does not mean that whatever is in the package is low in fat (or trans-fats free) or low in sugar.

Today I was at the grocery store and was struck by how many of the “store brand” options now have that word – organic – in big bold letters right on the packaging.  However, a quick glance at the label was enough for me to leave it on the shelf.  For example, I was buying cereal, and I generally buy Special K High Protein (as a vegetarian I am always looking to make sure I get enough protein), which has only 2 grams of sugar per serving.  Nearby on the shelf was a box of (store brand) “Organic” cereal (similar – lightly sweetened crunchy flake stuff), but it had over 18 grams of sugar per serving, and more fat.

This is just one example – I’m sure you’d find hundreds more if you spend time comparing labels, but the point is this:  know when it’s good to buy organic (with fresh produce, juices, breads, and dairy products), and when it’s just a waste of money (snacks, cereals, dry goods, canned goods, etc).   Don’t be fooled by the hype – read the labels and make smart decisions based on the nutritional content.  Look for foods that are high in protein, fiber, and vitamins/minerals, and low in sugar (including artificial sweeteners) and fats.

Don’t be taken in by a word on a box!

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Netvouz
  • DZone
  • ThisNext
  • MisterWong
  • Wists
  • BlinkList
  • Furl
  • Linkter
  • Spurl
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • YahooMyWeb

posted in The Daily Diet by Trisha

Search: