Friday, July 11, 2008

Think before you eat

Remember a few years back when practically every food package at the grocery store said "Fat-Free"? Fat-Free! Yay! I can eat all I want of these Snack Wells and not gain an ounce!! But fat-free didn't mean calorie-free. Studies showed that we gained weight during the fat-free trend of food marketing.

Now food makers are selling items in small packages to supposedly encourage us to eat smaller servings. But guess what? We may end up eating larger quantities, not fewer calories, from these multiple little packages—even more so than if we bought the bulk bags.

So what's the solution? Think before you open that there pie hole. Read the nutritional labels. Check out the ingredients. Be conscious of what you put into your body. And on a environmental level, consider the excess packaging that goes into a big bag of little bags of potato chips. You could buy one large single package, break out a serving size into a reusable container and go.

Or, if you're trying to watch your weight, maybe skip the potato chips altogether and eat a potato. Better for you and no extra packaging.

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