Do You Know What You Are Eating?

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.

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