Buying candy, not only chocolate, for the holidays or anytime puts us in close proximity to a wide range of candy selections in the candy isle, creating a temptation to purchase a supply of our favorite brand for home. If that does not temp us there is always the candy rack at the checkout counter strategically placed to take advantage of mindless impulse buying.
Be mindful of tempting candy displays, and marketing ploys… read the labels carefully.
Manufactures also take advantage of our desire to eat healthy by incorporating mischievous marketing messages into their advertising to “suggest” a health benefit … this can hijack our potential for eating healthy.
One example; Hershey’s Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that was offered as a 1/2 pound and progressed to a 1 pound package (2 1/2 pound bars) gift package. The marketing message on Hershey’s promo page states “A whole pound of chocolate nirvana in two giant-sized cups”. The mischievous message also suggests the health benefit of “INCORPORATE THEM INTO STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAMS.”
A nutritional breakdown on the label lists calories at 190, 11 grams of fat (4 grams saturated), 22 grams of carbohydrates (20 of which is sugar) and 4 grams of protein, per serving. However the portion size is only one/twelfth of the package … yes there are 12 servings in one package. The entire package yields 2,280 calories 132 grams fat and 240 grams sugar (1.25 cups of sugar) and the bars are not scored so it’s your guess as to what a portion looks like. Without some sort of visual cue (offered in a one serving portion size, scored into portions, etc.), mindless eating can easily lead to overeating.
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Although Hershey’s does not explain how or why we can “Incorporate them into strength training programs,” it is obvious from a nutritional analysis that an argument can being made that the sweet delights contain both Carbohydrates and Protein … both needed for replenishing depleted stores glucose and muscle repair. However the ratio of Carbohydrates to Protein is 5.5 parts Carbohydrates to 1 part Protein and with 20 grams from only sugar is is a ratio of to 5 to 1 (5:1).
Literature points to incorporating a small snack or meal with a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of Carbohydrates to Protein for a post-workout healthier snack … something a bit healthier like a cup of low fat chocolate milk, Greek yogurt and fruit, a smoothie or shake made with fruit, milk or high quality protein powder – not a sugar packed peanut butter filling in a candy bar.
“Brendan Brazier, author of “Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life,” recommends 1/4 cup of nut butter with 3/4 cup of apple and banana slices.”
However, a substantial snack is great for athletes and semi athletes (exercising 1-2 hours 5 days/week), if, according to an article on http://www.Livingstrong.com, “you are hitting the weights with gusto or boosting your heart rate into a work zone for an hour or longer” but ” isn’t necessary after a mild session” or “a walk around the block.”
We often find that candy and the infamous candy dish can also result in mindless eating as well – more about that in the full article to be posted soon.
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Sources: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/09/new-wansink-book-turns-back-mindless-eating,, http://mindlesseating.org/, https://www.hersheys.com/reeses/products/reeses-peanut-butter-cups/1lb.aspx, http://www.livestrong.com/article/535101-post-workout-carb-protein-ratio/