Sunday, March 2, 2008

Eat This, Not THAT!

"Eat This Not That!" by David Zinczenko is currently the hottest selling
nutrition book in the country and ranked #6 overall in Amazon's top ten sellers. The book has an interesting premise: Compare two foods available from restaurants and retail outlets and select one as "better" for you.
Although some of the comparisons and "winners" seem somewhat unscientific (eat Jelly Belly Jelly Beans at 150 empty calories, but not Peeps at 140 empty calories) the book is informative for runners for the data it provides on the calories and fat content of the foods we eat.
For example, Bob Evans Caramel Banana Pecan Cream stacked pancakes will "stack" you with 1540 calories and 77 grams of fat. Just the thing you need to "outsource" your stomach and blood supply to work on before a 5k race, right?
How about Pizza Uno Deep Dish pizza personal pizza with 2,310 calories and 162 grams of fat and 4,470 grams of sodium?-- it's the equivalent of 18 slices of Domino's Thin Crust cheese Pizza. Ugh!

And how about our poor kids favorite?-- Macaroni Grill's Double Macaroni 'n' Cheese has 1,210 calories and 62 grams of fat. They'd have to be pretty active to burn that off.

The book does provide alternatives to these foods. One surprising fact is that salads with certain dressings have more calories and fats than most sandwiches. For example, the On the Border Taco Salad with Beef weighs in with 102 grams of fat and 2,410 grams of sodium. It's no wonder you need a big drink to wash it down.

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