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Thursday, April 14, 2011

oh geez, here we go "50 Best Low Calorie Snacks"...

"50 Best Low Calorie Snacks" as Good Housekeeping sees it...Taken directly from their article:
How we tested: The Good Housekeeping Research Institute Nutrition Department checked out 235 products — tossing anything with trans fats or too much saturated fat or sodium. Our focus: healthy, nutritious nibbles with filling protein and fiber. (We also green-lighted treats like chips and chocolate). Then, dozens of hungry volunteers sampled them and commented.

Read more: Best Low Calorie Snacks - Healthy Snack Food Ideas - Good Housekeeping 

Ok so they threw out anything with trans fats and too much saturated fat..nice first step.  Aiming for things with protein and fiber, I TOTALLY agree with that. "Green-lighting" chips and chocolate...hmmmm...why???? I thought they said 'healthy, nutritious nibbles'.  I guess they have a different definition of other reason to include those in any 'approved list' as far as I'm concerned.  ..And fed them to hungry people..yeah, that is a GREEEEEAT measure of a good snack.  I bet people will be touting how great these snacks are by the end of the day..telling all of their friends, family and probably their personal trainers as well.  

Good Housekeeping reader: "100 calorie snack pack of fudge petites and an iced coffee is a great low calorie snack!  I have it every day"
Me: "Really, why is it a great snack?"
GH reader: "well, it only has 100 calories"
Me: "ok, well if I made a 100 calorie snack pack of dog poop, would it be a good snack?"
GH reader: "No"
Me: "why not? it only has 100 calories."
GH reader: "well because it is dog poop."
Me: "riiiiight.  so you are saying that even if it is 100 calories, if it is dog poop then it isn't a good snack?"
GH reader: "yes"
Me: "ok, so tell me again why the 100 calorie pack of fudge petites is a good snack???"

Get it??? Just because it is 100 calories DOES NOT MEAN IT IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!
I have had enough of this marketing of 100 calorie packs ..of all kinds.  Who came up with this, and why does everyone love them??? Maybe I'll go one step further..I'm going to come up with the 50 calorie snack pack! Yep, just 50 calories, so OBVIOUSLY mine will be better.  Doesn't mater what I put in there as long as it is 50 calories.  I'll be rich, it'll be great.

Nah, I think I'd rather just get the word out that 100 calorie snack packs are NOT going to save the world, and will NOT solve your nutrition woes.  One hundred calories of processed crap is NEVER a good idea for a snack.  
Ok a hard boiled egg, but listed at #29 and with a V8. Ohh a pear at #49... and Number pretzel M&M's?????? WTF...REALLY???? I thought they were looking for protein and fiber?? Ohhh, maybe they forgot.  

Let's look at this did this list come into being...riiight, it was 'approved by a nutritionist and has 115-125 calories'.  First of all, I'd looove to meet this nutritionist and see what they eat everyday **wince**.  Second, if I make the serving size small enough I could put ANYTHING on this list.  What about dog poop? Yep, I can put that on there.  What about crack or cocaine? I don't even think they have calories, do they?? Wow, that would be the top of the list.  
Some of you may think I am being a bit ridiculous about this.  Not intended to be ridiculous...just trying to get your attention... to illustrate a point....But to be completely honest, allowing publication of lists like this including most of the items they did is, in my opinion, just like listing dog poop, crack and cocaine as great snacks.  Things like this only add to the frustration and confusion of those attempting to better their health and nutrition habits.
Way to go Good Housekeeping...

Hold on, on second thought..THANK YOU Good just pointed out 50 things people don't need to eat as that IS a help.


  1. How many carrots equal 100 calories? mmm, they're good. Once again, great post. Today's magazines set themselves up as easy targets for this kind of crap. They try to regurgitate the same old info and pass it along to the masses. That's one of the reasons I can't stand runners world. "The easiest marathon plan ever"...blah, blah, blah. Give me a break.

    BTW, I did NOT go by Krispy Kreme this morning...collective sigh of relief...

  2. There is so much confusing, incorrect information out there. No wonder people have no idea what is good for them! After spending an entire day researching nutrition recommendations on the internet for my next book, I grew frustrated with the amount of information that people have to wade through to get to the truth! And that truth is most likely something the masses won't really want to buy into, because it actually requires eating (less) whole, nutritious foods, not the "easy", prepackaged stuff that tastes good. Way to go Michelle for telling people that what they read may not be sound advice afterall...maybe if we get the real truth out there people will start to listen?

  3. Thanks guys!
    Yes Brad, glad you didn't hit up Krispy'd probably STILL be in a coma!!!!
    Corrine..that is my it or not I'm going with the truth..and that is what MY book will be : )
    Let me know if I can help with anything for yours..happy running and stay healthy!
    Live well...