Did you know there's 17 grams of protein in pork rinds? Check out this article for an interesting angle on "junk foods" turned healthy:
Yeah, coconut is good for you. Saturated fat has been demonized, but your body needs it. Instead of using butter on toast, I using coconut oil or macadamia nut oil. Turbo toast!
Beef jerky is only righteous if you can get some fresh local non-MSG product. While you're at it, try and get your hands on some venison, elk or bison. More lean, and I prefer the taste.
Have to admit, this article did make me laugh - I have a few bits of constructive criticism:
Pork Rids - first off, what's wrong with carbs? Second, "43 percent of a pork rind's fat is unsaturated" which means that 57% is some combination of saturated and trans. And really, who only eats a 1-ounce serving? If your goal is weight loss, focus on nutrient-dense foods, not calorie-dense foods such as pork rinds. Microwave rinds? Definitely better than original, but not something to eat frequently.
Alcohol - I agree with the red wine and antioxidants pitch, but would need to read that entire article. Many, many times people make health claims based on association rather than causation; meaning that just because people who drink 2 drinks every 5-7 days are more healthy than others does not necessarily mean it's the alcohol.
Beef Jerky - and is insulin really that bad? Yes, it may "signal the body to store fat" but let's not forget that it also helps regulate glycogen storage, protein synthesis, and appetite. Natural turkey jerky can be a great snack, though. Best bet - buy a dehydrator and make your own.
Sour Cream - eat the light/low-fat stuff. I doubt the 2 tbs serving of the regular stuff will have a significant impact on satiety.
No arguments about coconut or chocolate, expect that make sure you read the entire article. It's very easy for people to skim over that and then indulge on a Mounds bar thinking it's good for you.
Thanks for the interesting read. Cheers,
Justin Robinson, MA,RD,CSSD,CSCS
Consultant - Optimal Nutrition
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