An article called "The Fix for Stubborn Fat" caught my attention--one of these "revolutionary" articles touting (surprise!) healthy eating as though it were a new discovery. The first item that made me scoff was this follow-up to a paragraph explaining how bad carbs are: "So, what are the best choices for foods that contain carbs? Almost all vegetable top the list."
Um, OK. Here's the thing: I love my veggies. I had a dream once where I had a seven-course eggplant meal and woke up salivating. But I don't think of veggies as "healthy carbs." I think of them as VEGETABLES. Telling someone they'll have to replace their bagels and linguine with broccoli is a good way to stop a diet in its tracks. To be fair, at the end of the paragraph they did throw in the obligatory mention of whole grains, but it was a little late.
However, what really made me spit out my French toast in laughter was an item on their daily menu. Just for context, breakfast was basically turkey and lettuce, lunch was a salad with shrimp, dinner was meatloaf and veggies, and there were several snacks like nuts, cottage cheese, etc. Not a bad day's food. Except that, with dinner, they suggest "1 cup sliced cucumber, dipped in 4 Tbsp. ranch dressing."
1) 4 tablespoons is a hell of a lot of Ranch for someone who is trying to lose weight. It's double the recommended serving size. I love Ranch, but I think I would gladly eat most of the cucumber plain and then enjoy a few dips as a treat--maybe a tablespoon.
2) Those 4 tablespoons contain 280 calories, 260 of which are from fat. And not heart-healthy fat or anything like that. Just crappy saturated fat. 28 GRAMS OF IT!
3) For the Weight Watchers among us, that is 8 points of salad dressing. I get 24 points a day. Seriously? I'm going to spend 1/3 of my points on salad dressing? For 8 points, I could eat 2 cups of rice and at least not be hungry five minutes later!*
4) If you have to have something to dip your cucumber in, why not make it hummus? Hummus has fiber and other nutritious elements to it. Ranch does not. In any way.
Here's the thing: if you love Ranch, eat it. I don't care. Eat it in a small portion, or if you really really love it, eat the 4 tablespoons and account for the calories elsewhere. But why, in the midst of an article that can barely bring itself to allow that whole grains are OK (sometimes, maybe, but don't forget they have CARBS!) does a health magazine advocate eating 28 grams of saturated fat for no good reason?
Just for kicks, other uses of 8 WW points:
4 small glasses of wine
a McDonald's hamburger WITH AN EGG ON TOP
a small bagel with one serving of cream cheese
2 cups of pasta
96 jelly bellies