A Little Surprise at Lunch Today

It just goes to show you that no matter how much you think you know, you can always be fooled!

Case in point: Publix Four Berry Yogurt Parfait.

I love the things. It’s a quick, easy, relatively healthy option for a lunch on the run. Vanilla low-fat yogurt, plain mixed berries and granola. Plus, it comes in the cutest little container, one that I often reuse at home.

Publix

This is NOT Jalapeno Cornbread.

Using the Fooducate app, I scanned the UPC code on the cup, hoping to get the nutrition information. But instead of a yogurt parfait, I got information for Jalapeno Cornbread. Ahem.

On MyFitnessPal, it came in at 160 calories. If you know anything about granola nutrition, you know that can’t be right. So I came up with an estimate of 285 calories based on the ingredients. Still, my OCD side wasn’t happy, so I contacted Publix. Within 15 minutes, I had them: Four Berry Yogurt Parfait 84881.

Publix Four Berry Yogurt Parfait IS 160 calories. Without the granola. With the granola? 400 calories!

Now, for lunch, that is not horrible calorie-wise, but it was still quite a bit off from what I expected.

The best thing I can do, which I often do, is to make my own. That way, I can use a lower calorie granola or perhaps even make a substitute. But sometimes, plans go awry and I find myself without lunch and thus at a nearby Publix. At least now I know what I’m dealing with, huh?

Look twice at those nutrition labels. And when in doubt, ask.

Eight Foods w/More Sugar Than a Twinkie

The American Heart Association recommends that women eat or drink no more than 20 grams of sugar a day, and men no more than 36 grams. For women, that’s equivalent to about one Twinkie, which will set you back 18 grams.

Eating much more than that has been linked not only to obesity, but to high blood pressure, and elevated levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood.

So while you now to look out for Twinkies, you might be surprised to see what other foods have just as much sugar. Check out this great article from Huffpost Healthy Living to see how you may be consuming more sugar than you think!

Is there a so-called “healthy food” that surprises you, either in this article or otherwise? When I started watching my sodium intake, I was surprised how much sodium that ketchup contained. Help open our eyes by sharing your favorite wolf in sheep’s clothing.

“Healthy” Foods to Avoid

I love this post from Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog, Nine “Healthy” Foods to Skip.

When I give a presentation on “Environmentally Friendlier Shopping,” I always warn people that marketers love to use vague words like environmentally-friendly, natural and green. To be sure you’re truly buying an environmentally-friendly product, you need to arm yourself with a little knowledge and read the label. The same is true with so-called “healthy” foods.

This article explains why nine foods often perceived to be healthy aren’t really the best choices. In my 16 months with a nutritional counselor, I learned a lot, both directly from her and through experience. Two of these foods especially stand out for me:

  • 100-Calorie packs: Before Traci, I was the”queen of 100-calorie pack.” I’d have at least one box for every weakness I had: cookies, candy, salty snacks. What I didn’t realize is that 1) they are not satisfying and in fact can leave you hungrier than you were before you ate them; and 2) just because they are only 100 calories doesn’t mean they’re healthy.
  • Salads: I’ve long had an aversion to vegetables, and salads were something I had to learn to eat. (Truth is, I’m still learning.) I’ve always thought salads were automatically a healthier option until I started looking up nutritional information. In Denver, I went out to dinner and ordered a salad. It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel that I found out how high the salad was in calories, fat and sodium. Turns out I could’ve had the personal-sized pizza on the menu and done better nutritionally.

Check out the list. Did anything surprise you? Have you ever had an experience similar to the one I had with the salad, either with a food on the list or another food? What food was it, and what did you learn?