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All Calories Are Not The Same
Created on 8/9/2013

All calories are not equal.

Imagine that you are choosing between two 100-calorie snack foods - this should be easy, because if they contain the same number of calories they are essentially the same, aren't they?

Well, no.

Consider - what if the two foods you are choosing between are a 100-calorie bag of potato chips and a 100-calorie serving of apple? The apple is healthier for you than the chips, even though they both contain the same number of calories.

When making food choices for you and your family it is important to pay attention to calories, but not to the exclusion of everything else.

A highly processed, manufactured, yet low-calorie food may promote inflammation in the body, which can drive fat production and weight gain, among other unhealthy things.

Think about the explosion in the availability of fat-free products - and the similar explosion in waist size and body weight that has occurred! Healthy eating is not just about calories and fat - it's about what type of calories you are taking in.

Get most of your calories from vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein and fat. Limit your intake of highly processed foods that can increase inflammation in your body, and stay well-hydrated.

AND be sure to splurge on occasion - food is more than medicine, after all, and the occasional splurge in the company of loved ones (even if high in calories!) helps make for a rich and enjoyable life.

Just make sure those splurges are occasional...

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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