EAT THIS NOT THAT!!

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  1. Teachling

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    So I bought this book a couple of weeks ago & just started going through it. The first chapter is about the 20 Worst packaged foods in America. I noticed that one of my favorite frozen pizza brand is on there. The #3 is DiGiorno for One Garlic Bread Crust Supreme Pizza. Here's the scoop:
    850 calories, 1,450 mg sodium, 44g fat (15g saturated 3.5g trans)
    bloated crust & greasy toppings = 60 percent of ur day's sodium, 75 percent of ur day's saturated fat & nearly twice the amount of trans fats needed on a daily basis.
    calorie equivalent: 6 slices Domino's Thin N Crispy cheese pizza
    Eat this Instead:
    South Beach Diet Deluxe
    340 calories, 660 mg sodium, 11g fat

    Will dig deeper into the book to see if there's anything on the family size pizza we enjoy on occasion.

    I'll read through & see what else I find. Anybody else read this book? Opinions?
     
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    I think the book is excellent for getting people to start looking closer at what they're eating and that there are healthier alternatives. I'm not a fan of the book because I noticed a lot of the suggested alternatives were still not all that good for you since they contain high frutose corn syrup or sweeteners, but then again, I'm a huge health nut and really big into nutrition.
     
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    I bought one called, Eat This and Live! It's similiar with great photos and helpful nutritional resource information.
     
  5. Iteach782

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    oooh...please share the rest of the worst. Honestly, packaged foods are all I eat when I'm working.
     
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    I have seen him on Rachel Ray, he is very interesting. Share some other bad things with us. I do remember him saying the best fast food breakfast is an egg mcmuffin.
     
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    I will share some more when I read further! Will take with me on vacation to read & serve as an awareness of thinking before I eat --- so I'm hoping...:mellow:
     
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    I agree that a lot of the things they suggest aren't that great for you either, but what I DO like is that sometimes the things you would expect to be worse for you really aren't. Its just a reminder that just because something sounds healthier, it isn't always.
     
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    The sodium levels always amaze me. My blood pressure was running a little high and I really started to pay attention to amounts of sodium in foods. All those frozen dinners like Lean Cuisine that you think are better because they are lower in calories, soup and the one that really surprised me - ketchup are all high in sodium. People who eat fast food and get a Big Mac and large fries with ketchup are eating 2 days worth of sodium.

    I am a label reader and when I'm shopping people always look at me funny, I want to say-you should be reading labels too!
     
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    I am so with you regarding sodium & reading labels, Kindercowgirl! When I was doing the point system with Weight Watchers, I found that Progresso soup had a version that was zero points base on the WW system. What I didn't realize was that it was high on sodium.

    I just wish that these programs offered more clear guidelines so that you have all the info. While the focus should be on calories, there should also be guidance on sugars, sodium, etc.
     
  11. Iteach782

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    I know packaged foods contain a ton of sodium. They are just so convenient to pack for lunch though. Are there any packaged foods that don't have so much sodium??
     
  12. Teachling

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    Packaged foods usually will say on the label that they are low on sodium or contain no salt. Progresso soup does have a soup that states on the label that it is low on sodium. Also, I cook a lot with tomato sauce & I make sure that I buy the one that has no salt since I add my own seasonings.
     
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    I read the one about the fast food places and my beloved Chipotle chicken burrito was in the 'worst' category. I calculated what it is in Weight Watchers points and it was something like 25 points! ( I get the burrito with rice, pinto beans, chicken, mild salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole) Oh how I love it!
     

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