Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I am certainly not an expert on what exactly every single ingredient is, but I know some of the bad ones. And when the list is short and sweet, like in Triscuits Thin Crisps, I like that a lot! The ingredients are whole wheat, soybean/palm oil and salt. I can eat about 15 of them for 130 calories.
In addition to this little cracker I like to add a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss or Light Mozzarella, Sun-dried Tomato and Basil. One wedge is 35 calories and just enough for my 15 thin crisps. The ingredient list for these is short as well, and I have yet to discover anything harmful in them.
I am usually VERY cautious about choosing a "lite" or "fat free" version of a food because most of the time that means they have substituted something bad with something worse. If you compare the labels between a regular potato chip and a "lite" version of the same chip, you will see that fat may go down, but carbohydrates go up, along with sodium content and/or sugar. I have also found a longer list of unknown ingredients in the lighter or fat free versions. Sometimes, like with many cheeses, they have simply used skim milk instead of whole milk, but I like to read the labels just in case to see what they did to change the fat or calorie content.
I think in many cases the best choice is to buy the regular item and stick to the serving size. It may be hard at first to put those 9 potato chips in your lunch bag, but after a few days I think you will find that one serving is sufficient.
So there is your Tuesday Treat for today. Enjoy!