Earlier this year, I talked about food logging and tracking your food. I said then and I will say again, I do not push any diet plan nor do I bash any plan. I would like to talk a little bit about knowing your food. I hear a lot of talk between friends, on social media, or at the gym about what food plans people are following. I am often left wondering if they realize what they are actually eating. One thing in particular that troubles me is all the talk of low carb dieting. For many, low carb simply means not eating bread, but still eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of some common foods and their caloric breakdown.
I love to eat fruits and vegetables; I eat two apples and two bananas every day and try to eat a vegetable or two with dinner and lunch every day.
Apples, fresh peeled, med, 3” 1EA: 77 total calories
Fat 0 grams, Total Carbohydrate 21grams (2 grams fiber, 16 grams Sugars), Protein 0 grams
Banana, fresh, large, 8” to 9” long, 1EA: Total calories 121
Fat 0 grams, Total Carbohydrate 31 grams (4 grams fiber, 17 grams sugars), Protein 1 gram
Beets, fresh, slices, ½ cup: total calories 29
Fat 0 grams, Total Carbohydrate 7 grams (2 grams fiber, 5 grams sugars), Protein 1 gram
Carrots, fresh, chopped ½ cup: 26 Total calories
Fat 0 grams, Total Carbohydrate 6 grams (2 grams fiber, 3 grams sugars), Protein 1 gram
Grapes, Thompson seedless, fresh 1 cup: 104 Total calories
Fat 0 grams, Total Carbohydrate 27 grams (1 gram fiber, 23 grams sugars), Protein 1 gram
Oranges, all types, fresh, large, 3 1/16” 1EA: Total calories
Fat 0 grams, Total Carbohydrate 22 grams (4 grams fiber, 17 grams Sugars), Protein 2 grams
What’s the point, you may be wondering? Well, track your food and know what you’re eating. If you don’t really know what you’re eating, you can inadvertently give someone bad advice, and that’s never good.