Let's see - in a perfect world I would eat only things that are completely healthy and wonderful. But I certainly don't live in a perfect world.
Now don't get me wrong - I try my best to eat mostly healthy - fresh veggies, fruit, meats - but sometimes you have to weigh the benefits of eating something versus the risks.
One of the big controversies is artificial sweeteners. Some people are convinced they cause all kinds of ailments and are positively horrible for you. And let's get real - they probably aren't good to eat in mass quantities.
Yet I eat a Dannon Greek yogurt almost every night - for 80 calories. It is high in protein and satisfies my sweet tooth – and it has artificial sweeteners.
As does the fake maple syrup I use – Mrs. Butterworth’s Sugar Free. But it has only 20 calories for a 1/4 cup. That’s worth it to me even though it’s probably not the healthiest choice.
And then for lunch once per week I eat canned soup – usually Progresso light. Canned soup has a lot of sodium. But it’s fast and easy and better then getting a Big Mac! But certainly not as healthy as if I made my own soup.
And my beloved peanut butter? It’s not the natural kind.
I try to buy the “better” option – like I use Hunt’s Natural Ketchup with no high fructose corn syrup. But is ketchup really all that healthy? Probably not- but I love it on my scrambled eggs.
How about “real” food. Red meat is terrible for you, right? Well I try to limit my red meat intake, but once again, it’s high in protein and I enjoy a thick steak once and a while.
I guess each individual person has to weigh what they consider to be a good food choice and fit that into their goals.
What are your thoughts on this?