The Govt just announced this new labeling process for packaged foods. It got me thinking. When I hike Half Dome I bring 7 Powerbars, a baggie of beef jerky and a baggie of trail mix. So I wondered. What else could I bring instead? Here’s there results of my $10M study:
Food A = 320 calories, 20 gram FAT, 320 mg sodium, 105 mg potassium, 32 g carbs, 3 g protein.
Food B = 120 calories, 3 gram FAT, 200 mg sodium, 290 mg potassium, 32 g carbs, 2 g protein.
Food C = 240 calories, 3.5 gram FAT, 200 mg sodium, 105 mg potassium, 35 g carbs, 8 g protein.
So to the layman (me) they all look about the same. The amounts are in one serving. Food A leads in fat content, but don’t we need fat for long term energy? Are you ready for the reveal? Food A is Fritos, Food B is Ruffles Baked chips and Food C is a Powerbar Gosh.
While we are at it, I tend to drink Diet soda. 2-3 per day, thinking I don’t need the sugar. Now a study comes out that says in middle-aged adults, consumption of just one or more soft drinks per day seemed to increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by about 50 percent – whether the drink was artificially sweetened or not. When compared to those who drank fewer than one soft drink daily, participants who drank one or more a day had about a 30 percent greater risk of developing new-onset diabetes, strokie, being overweight and having low levels of good cholesterol. Dang.
If you haven’t been to my website lately, I want to tell you that I’ve added some more products in the STORE. I got in a new shipment of T-Shirts and also now have a neat DVD of my “Half Dome – A Historical Perspective” talk. PayPal works. Click <HERE> Operators are standing by. Yosey needs dog food!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You know the day destroys the night. Night divides the day. Tried to run, tried to hide – Break on through to the other side.” – The Doors
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com