So what are we talking about? Moderation. What happened to
moderation and common sense?
Let’s start with the basics. Once eaten, our food breaks down
into carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. Carbohydrates have 4 calo-
ries per gram, proteins have 4 calories per gram, and fats have
nine calories per gram.
Carbohydrates are needed for energy. However, carbohydrates
break down into sugar, which in turn eventually becomes fat if
unused. Therefore, moderation is the key. Proteins are needed
because they are the essential building blocks of muscle and
skin. Proteins break down into amino acids which aid in body
development and function. However, too much protein can be
tough on kidney functioning. Therefore moderation is the key.
Although fats have the most calories per gram, they are neces-
sary for healthy skin, hair, nails, for vitamin absorption, proper
brain function (neurons have a myelin sheath that is made from
fat), and for numerous other body functions. However, too much
fat can cause damage (which you already know). Therefore mod-
eration is the key.
What’s the key word? Yup, it’s “moderation.” So we know what
our food is made up of and what it breaks down into. Now let’s
discuss what our food labels are made up of and what they can
tell us. Food labels can be misleading. Not that I’m cynical about
the marketing intentions of corporations (okay, maybe I am).
Let’s take a look at the food label for one serving of granola and
analyze the carbohydrate, protein, and fat content.
So to summarize this, not even 10 percent of the serving is pro-
tein and nearly 90 percent will break down to sugar and fat. So
that’s the breakdown of the “healthy” granola bar.
So what do we do as mere mortal humans trying to overcome
the evils of bad nutrition? First we grab a superhero cape.
Then we educate ourselves. After that, we try to make healthy
food choices. Lastly, we need to avoid being “food extremists.”
Moderation is the key !!!
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