“Be specific in choosing the types of proteins and carbohydrates you eat, because these little things might make a big difference in your weight loss or weight gain later on.” (Medicaldaily)
Tafts University recently came out with a study proving what Dr. Woodbury has been teaching his patients for years. It not just about calories in and out (which is a big part of it!) but it also matters what types of foods you are eating. Some calories are more nutrient dense than others and those are the ones you want to choose more of.
So let’s play a game. Good > Better > Best.
Categorize the following foods from good, better to best.
Q: Hot Dog, Salmon, Ground Turkey
A: Good: Hot Dog, Better: Ground Turkey, Best: Salmon
A hot dog is a processed food. This make the hot dog a less desired choice of your calorie intake vs. a fresh caught, cooked to perfection piece of salmon. The salmon makes for a great choice because it is filled with good omega-3’s to fight inflammation and boost cellular health. Be aware, one is more than ok to eat a hot dog but often times there are additives, preservatives and other ingredients that your body does not need. Ground turkey is a great protein option as it is low in saturated fats when compared to red meat but fish reigns to be king per its omega content.
Ok how about another.
Q: Greek Yogurt, Brie Cheese, Ice Cream
A: Good: Ice Cream Better: Brie Cheese Best: Greek Yogurt
At Healthy Steps we believe in “food in moderation”. This means take a few bites of the highest quality ice cream. Savor it and enjoy it but eat a moderate amount. But going back to our game, brie would be the next choice on the nutrition scale. Brie cheese is cultured, enzymes are added to coagulate and form the texture and is aged to promote healthy bacteria formation. This cheese should be eaten within a moderate amount due to high fat calories. The best choice of the 3 is the Greek yogurt as far as nutrient content. Greek yogurt is typically low in sugar, high in protein and has living probiotics to boost gut health and immunity making this the best choice of them all. Be sure to read the labels of your yogurt as the varietals will really vary in amounts of sugar and protein. Look for a high protein, low sugar option.
“Our study adds to growing new research that counting calories is not the most effective strategy for long-term weight management and prevention,” said Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the study, in the press release. “Some foods help prevent weight gain, others make it worse. Most interestingly, the combination of foods seems to make a big difference. Our findings suggest we should not only emphasize specific protein-rich foods like fish, nuts, and yogurt to prevent weight gain, but also focus on avoiding refined grains, starches, and sugars in order to maximize the benefits of these healthful protein-rich foods, create new benefits for other foods like eggs and cheese, and reduce the weight gain associated with meats.” (Medicaldaily)
Read the full article HERE, it’s worth your time.