Wellfie Wednesday: Eat More Plants (The Fiber Diaries)
So for today’s Wellfie Wednesday: Eat More Plants (The Fiber Diaries). I hate diets almost as much as I hate math. So, today I’m going to combine both in a post you will love! I want to talk about some simple math for smarter choices when it comes to food. The nutrition tip uses a “Carb:Fiber” ratio, which involves a little label reading as well. I think I first heard about this from a @MikeEisenhart tweet a while back. I couldn’t find the tweet, but I at least asked nutrition nerd / #Wellfiewednesday editor / super hero, Patrick Berner (@TheFuelPhysio), to verify that this is indeed decent nutrition advice if that makes ya feel better. If I recall correctly…
For this ratio, simply divide the total number grams of carbohydrates by the grams of fiber. Dr. Michael Greger recommends a ratio of 5:1 or less. If any higher, put it back on the shelf. A higher ratio will be seen in those foods that are more processed than others. Here’s a great video from Dr. Greger’s Nutrition Facts Website explaining this rule. Essentially, the “process” of making these “food-like substances” takes the fiber out (and nutrients), and adds in a lot of refined carbohydrates/additional sugar, for taste and palatability. You may notice that most of the carbohydrates are consisting of sugars. Side note, “food-like substances” is a phrase stolen from @MichaelPollan. I still love his 3 simple nutrition rules:
- Eat real food
- Not too much
- Mostly plants
Anyway, ideally you want a ratio less than 5:1, more like a 2:1 or 3:1, which can be obtained using the idea of #EatMorePlants. A serving of broccoli or lentils for example will yield this ratio.
Applying the math to my own life, I came to the sad realization that one of my favorite “healthy breakfasts” consisting of honey nut cheerios with a fruit cup was not much better than a donut. No wonder it tasted so good.
DOLE PINEAPPLE FRUIT CUP: 15 G TOTAL CARBS, 1 G FIBER, 14 G SUGAR
1.5 CUPS HONEY NUT CHEERIOS (2 SERVINGS BECAUSE WHO’S REALLY EATING ¾ CUP OF CHEERIOS?): 44 G TOTAL CARBS, 4 G FIBER, 18 G SUGAR
1 CUP SKIM MILK: 12 G TOTAL CARBS, 0 G FIBER, 11 G SUGAR
Meal total: 71 g total carbs, 5 g fiber, 43 g sugar
Carb:Fiber Ratio (goal 5.0 or less): 14.
Double chocolate donut from Dunkin Donuts: 39 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 18 g sugar
Carbs:Fiber (goal 5.0 or less): 18.0
I challenge us to check the nutrition labels on our foods today. Let us know what the ratios are looking like for your meals. You may be surprised, and quickly begin to realize Sugar is everywhere! Following these rules may simplify nutrition label reading #FocusOnFiber. It would also greatly improve our health.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
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