Bad Snacks We Eat On The Run

fast foodIt’s typical for women to say their lives are too busy for healthy eating. They grab snacks whenever and wherever they can. The drive-through; snack aisle at the grocery store; corner shops: these are all easy places to stop where a person will find greasy, fatty, sugary meals and snacks. Some items sound as though they could be healthy, but let’s clear up some misconceptions about low-fat and healthy food.

Low-fat?

When a food contains no fat but loads of sugar and binders like gelatin, guar gum, or xanthum gum, it’s a bad choice for a pick-me-up. Firstly, there is the sugar to contend with. This will provide you with instant energy: that is true. What you might not have noticed is that the crash you experience, feeling shaky and grumpy, almost immediately follows this snack. Your blood sugar was high and then it dropped sharply. Unless you were able to immediately use the sugar or other refined starches, your bloodstream stored remaining sugar as fat. It can’t be used as energy unless some part of your body sends the signal that it needs some (when you work out, for instance).

Sugar Replacements

Names for sugar include cane syrup, brown rice syrup, agave, honey, dextrose, sucrose, and more. Some are synthetic and others are natural but they all contribute to that crash you just read about. Be wise about so-called “healthy foods.”

Granola Bars

Some cheap brands of granola bars or energy bars contain as much sugar as a cookie per weight. If you want a treat, have one. When you choose a supposedly healthy item instead, you aren’t doing any better. Clues that food isn’t so good include the percentage of sugar in a bar (again, read the types of sugar) and nutritional information which fails to compare weight to volume. For example, the weight of many foods is labeled on the tin or jar but nutritional information pertains to milliliters or switches from ounces to grams. Companies are deliberately trying to confuse the situation by listing the smaller number under “sugars” or “fats” in order to make them sound better.

Better Treats

You probably eye your favorite treats longingly all the time, so give in to temptation at least once every week. It’s possible you will tire of eating a chocolate bar or bag of crisps because it’s Sunday or whatever day you choose and won’t crave it if it’s not out of bounds. When selecting a treat, consider opting for a better-quality one:

• buy chips that are baked, not fried
• select dark chocolate
• choose an individual pot of ice cream containing wholesome, authentic ingredients
• watch out for coatings containing allergens if you can’t tolerate wheat, dairy, or eggs
• avoid sugar replacements

When you dig into your top treat, really enjoy it and make it last.