Photo from The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast has a calorie comparison slideshow that challenges what you think you know about eating healthy. As in, a plain bagel with nothing on it has the same calorie count as two donuts. Two!
You can bet I'm bringing this up the next time my husband turns his nose up at my cruller while he chows on an everything bagel with lox and cream cheese.
While some of these comparisons can be argued away (walnuts having more calories than BK's king-sized onion rings for example -- as walnuts have lots of things that are good for you, compared to the fried rings), it's still a great lesson in why food awareness is so important. Calories are only part of the nutritional picture, but an important one.
Rather than using this slideshow as an excuse to eat two bags of M&Ms instead of a handful of sunflower seeds, which believe me, I was contemplating, it's a wake-up call to find out what exactly you're putting in your mouth. While I try to fully research the food I'm consuming, most of us don't have the time to analyze our lunch. This calorie equation slideshow is a great example of what we don't know.
Something that was extremely helpful when I lived in NYC was the required calorie counts on menus. I found myself searching for them last week when I was at my local Starbucks, to no avail. I got used to using the information to make daily decisions and find I'm missing it now when I'm eating out.
I feel a letter-writing campaign coming on! Watch out Governor Schwarzenegger.
Do you think restaurants should be required to list calorie counts on their menus?