Calories

Counting Calories No More!

Keep wondering about the right choice of low calorie count food is annoying, especially during grocery shopping. Often times you feel overloaded and confused with so much information thinking there’s no relief.

Well, there is.

All you need is to choose ‘nutritious dense food’, but not empty industrialized food.

It’s by looking for the healthiest choice still enjoying delicious tasty food without worrying.

How to do so?

By understanding the concept of Nutrient Density.

There’s no standard definition for it. It’s pretty simple. All you have to know is how many nutrients you’ll get per one hundred calories of a given food.

Here’s an example:

Let’s compare the nutrition of a cup of cooked brown rice and cooked white rice.

A cup of brown rice weighs 195 g and gives: 216 calories, 5 grams protein, 45g carbs, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams fat. Plus, 19.5 mg calcium, 162 mg phosphorus, 83 mg magnesium, 1.2 mg zinc, 19 micrograms of selenium.

A cup of white rice weighs 158g and gives: 205 calories, 4 grams protein, 45g carbs, 1 gram fiber, 2 grams fat. Plus, 15 mg calcium, 68 mg phosphorus, 19 mg magnesium, 0.8 mg zinc, 11 micrograms of selenium.

A cup of brown and white rice give more or less the same calories. Yet their fiber, vitamin and mineral values vary.

If you choose white rice, you’ll have to eat 2 cups of it to get the same amount of phosphorus and zinc. And, to get the same amount of magnesium you’ll have to eat at least 4 cups! That’s the difference.

All foods supply calories from carbohydrates, protein and fat. But not all provide a good amount of key nutrients your body needs. This is the Nutrient Density. For instant, if you choose wholesome, real, fiber rich foods, you don’t need to keep track of calories.

Now, you know why it’s useless to count calories. All calories are not created equal.

Wholesome food would:

Stabilize blood sugar

Decrease sweet cravings

And provide your body with needed nutrients supply to function properly; you feel well. So, for the same calories you get natural/more vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber.

Benefits of Eating Nutritious Dense Food:

Stay healthy

Prevent overeating

Maintain healthy weight

Strengthen immunity

Keep disease and age related illness away

 

Your choices determine your health and wellness!