Nabisco's new 100 calorie Oreo thin crisps
100-calorie packs were introduced in 2006 and took the dieting world by storm. These tiny packs of delectable foods which include cookies, chips, crackers, muffins, doughnuts, and even candy gives dieters a way to indulge in their favorite snacks while still controlling portion sizes. But, are these little snacks really good for you to be eating, even in small portions?
First off, by taking a look at the nutrition facts it is apparent that many of these 100-calorie packs contain high fructose corn syrup. This ingredient is one that makes once healthy foods unhealthy.
Originally much of the sugar that people consumed was sucrose, which is derived from sugar beets or sugar cane. This type of sugar molecule when consumed stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, which helps the body convert the sugar into energy. Over the past few years, high fructose corn syrup has become more popular in food products, because it isn’t quite as costly to produce, extends the shelf life of products, and is much more easily dissolved in water.
However, high fructose corn syrup does not stimulate the body to produce insulin like sucrose does. Instead, it can alter magnesium in the body leading to bone loss, elevate levels of triglycerides causing heart disease, and when enough is consumed, since the body cannot break down these molecules like sucrose, it can possibly lead to added fat on the body.
These snacks may be a quick delicious treat, but they’re also not meant to control hunger. They lack the hunger-fighting nutrients, which are essential fats, protein, and fiber. This lack of ingredients can cause people to crave more snacks and overindulge. Instead, by choosing options like 3 cups of popcorn, 2 whole graham crackers, or 48 pretzel sticks (all options are 100 calories or less) you can ward off hunger, because these options contain those essential ingredients and have better nutritional value as an added bonus!
Finally, 100-calorie packs are not the best alternative for our ever declining economy. Each box costs slightly more than $3.00 and only contains 6 small packets. For this price you could get a large bag of the same chips or cookies with much more food. By buying the same delicious treats in larger bags and taking the time to measure the proper portions you can actually help save yourself some big money!
Myth buster: Eating before bedtime will cause you to gain weight.
False: Many people have heard that eating before bedtime is bad, because you don’t burn off those calories while your sleeping. This is untrue. Your body does still burn calories at rest. Also, as long as what you’re eating fits into your diet plan (click here to see how many calories your body needs) you will not gain weight.