|General Herbal Information|
The more foods are processed, equates to the increased fiber and bulk that have been excised, thus, the more calories per gram. For, example it is now three in the afternoon, the satiety from lunch has long since faded and it is time for a snack. The individual reaches into the refrigerator and snags a twelve-ounce bottle of advertised “fat-free” apple juice and within ten seconds the juice is gone but the appetite still lingers. This individual has just consumed some 165 calories (of his/her allotted 2,000 calories for the day). This glass of juice could have been substituted with a glass of water (zero calories) and an apple (65 calories). The individual would then have enjoyed the satiating effect while the digestive system processed the apple.
Snacking between meals is probably the most detrimental
aspect to any diet; the key to success is to find snack foods that are
palatable, high in bulk/fiber, and low in calories. Back to the apple,
when is the last time you sat down and snacked on say two or three apples
at one sitting? However, you could sit down and easily consume 10-15 reduced-fat
Oreo cookies with a glass of milk comprising some 950 calories or almost
half of an individuals daily allotment of calories. The difference is
the apple is more filling secondary to the bulk and fiber as compared
to cookies with their high sugar content and subsequent high-density calories.
Individuals must also learn how to be prepared so they do not set themselves
up for failure. Individuals should always have a nutritious low calorie
snack available. Do not expect to find something appropriate to eat in
a vending machine or at the convenient store around the corner because
you will inevitably end up with a bag of Doritos and a Coke. The consumption
of alcohol represents another hurdle for many individuals. Alcoholic beverages
are full of “empty calories.” Twelve ounces of beer contain
approximately 150 calories; the same quantity of light beer contains 105
calories. A glass of wine or shot of 80 proof distilled alcohol contains
Please note: The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. The information should not be construed to indicate that the use of the product is appropriate, safe, or effective for each individuals use. Individuals should consult their healthcare professional prior taking any new product.