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DH Experiment Over

Friday, July 27, 2012

In an attempt to win the award of "Least Popular Blog Post", I'm going to demonstrate an experiment.

Let's play "Food Showdown" Spark style.

Which is healthier?

Round #1:

Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt versus a Snickers Bar

Winner: It's a tossup!

Sure, Yoplait is lower fat (if you care about that) and calories weighing in at 1.5g fat and 170 calories. A Snickers bar is a hefty 11g fat and 266 calories.

But wait...

Yoplait has 27g sugar and Snickers has 28g.

The probiotics aren't going to eat your bodyfat. Sorry.

Round #2:

Which is healthier?

Snickers bar versus Costco low-fat frozen yogurt

Winner: Snickers!

Say what?

A 2oz Snickers bar has 266 calories and 28g sugar. A full container of Costco frozen yogurt is 390 calories and 53g sugar.

Better off with the Snickers, unless you're sharing with a friend. Frozen yogurt is a dessert, just like ice cream. Just like cake.

Round #3

Which is healthier?

100g Whole Grain Bread versus 100g Avocado?

Winner: Avocado!

Weight by weight, avocado is a winner. 100g of Whole Grain bread has 234 calories, 75mg potassium, 24mcg folate, 0 vitamin A, 0 vitamin C, 0 beta carotene and 2.5g fiber. 100g of an Avocado has 160 calories, 485mg potassium, 81mcg folate, 146mg vitamin A, 10mg vitamin C and 6.7g fiber .


What's got me fired up?

DH and I went out today to get groceries and look for a new apartment. We had a cookie at one of the apartments, which was fine. It's a Friday treat. I allow myself one treat a week. Usually I prefer something healthier like a sweet potato, but I haven't had a sweet treat in almost 4 weeks. DH has one too. Alright, we're good.

We go shopping at Costco and load up on tons of healthy foods: halibut, sockeye salmon, no-nitrate turkey breast, avocados, lettuce, blackberries, tomatoes, mixed nuts, bok choy, etc, etc.

We get to the end of the checkout and he orders a frozen yogurt.


He says he's hungry and it's something to tide him over.


I asked him how that was going to work. He said, "It's yogurt".

Yogurt = great! I make my own yogurt. I love yogurt. I eat lots of yogurt.

Yogurt churned with 53g of sugar is a recipe for diabetes. Low fat yogurt isn't a bubble shield from the insulin load.

I predicted within an hour, he'd be sleepy.

Within 30 minutes, he was yawning in the car.

It reminded me of posts on the message boards where people say the 'good outweighs the bad' concerning the sugar in yogurt.

If Snickers added probiotics, would it be as 'healthy' as sugar yogurt?

This is why I learned to make my own yogurt. Processed food yogurts are desserts, not breakfast.

With my diet, I've chosen to eat more avocados and less grains. I used to forgo avocados because of the fat content, but I was short changing myself on all the nutrition it packed. It's nature's multivitamin.

Go to your kitchen and weigh 53g sugar. Eating that much sugar on a regular basis is what gives people non alcoholic fatty liver disease. That is what causes atherosclerosis. That is what causes metabolic syndrome.

I was pretty sure it was going to end this way. My DH's 'diet experiment' is over. It put me in an uncomfortable position of dietary police, which I don't want to be. I don't want him eating pizzas and sugary frozen treats, then saying the diet doesn't work.

His younger brother has already been diagnosed with diabetes. He isn't even 40 yet.

Enjoy a treat in 'moderation'. Like I said, I had a cookie today. I would have passed on an Oreo or Chips Ahoy, but this was something special. It was a white-chocolate cranberry cookie. I enjoyed it. My first baked sweet treat in almost a month.

Pretending that the sugary yogurt or frozen yogurt is better than a Snickers bar is delusional. Fear of fats preventing eating avocados is tragic.

That type of thinking at one time prevented me from making any progress, too.
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    Good on you for seeing the light and not getting on DH's back.....we're big boys and must make our own calls.

    I gave SWMBO a copy of "Why we get fat" for her kindle; she read about 1/3 of it on our trip (of course she finished 3 entire mystery novels).

    But that 1/3 of taube's book opened up some interesting discussions....I had to catch myself from preaching with the zeal of a convert, just letting her ask questions ("How do I eat fat if I don't like the taste of butter?") and answering them the best i could ("You can use olive oil instead, you like that don't you")

    I've found that giving the gift of knowledge is better than prescribing her path.
    3098 days ago
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    I just read a book about probiotics and it basically said that all processed yogurts are not made with the healty bacterias that we need. They shortened the process and get crappy bacteria that forms some kinda SLIME istead of the healthy yogurt we think we are getting.

    My husband is obsessed with yoplait. I lecture about the amount of sugar in it.

    And get this....I caught him putting in an ADDITIONAL tbsp of sugar into his yogurt.

    I don't think your husband it the worse when it comes to diet. I think mine is....
    3098 days ago
    I knew where you were going with this.... ;-)

    I've had a hard time with my mother, who has high blood pressure and whose blood sugar is creeping up, to understand that those little Yoplaits are NOT health food. (I make my own yogurt, too.)
    3098 days ago
    Love, love, love my avocados....
    3098 days ago
    That "conventional wisdom" of what is good and bad surely does confuse people. Myself included!
    3098 days ago
    I like this post as it's quite shocking to see the actual numbers behind these foods people think of as healthy.

    I think your husband will eventually come around. I can completely understand not wanting to be the diet police! That is never a good dynamic to have. I have that to some degree with my husband and it totally annoys him, and me as well. He has a rare (but luckily not severe) form of MS, so I am concerned about his diet for good reason, and want to try to eliminate his inflammation. He is doing better in many ways, but still has to have his (almost daily) bacon sandwich, which is whole wheat toast with butter and bacon in between. Also the toast with jam, marmalade, etc. He doesn't have much interest in eating fruits or veggies at all, and will say he's "too full" or "can't eat them" and they will end up in the garbage if I'm not there to save them. Very frustrating, but I usually don't have the energy or the time to go to war over it, so I just give him raised eyebrows and keep quiet. He knows! And ultimately, it's his body. I just wish he'd care about it a bit more.

    3099 days ago
    I do not want to be anyone's "diet police" and don't want anyone to be mine so good decision - stuff like that could damage a relationship for sure!
    3099 days ago
    Don't give up....
    3099 days ago
    I love the mini snickers-just one-as my treat.
    3099 days ago
    WOW, your hubby sound like mine except mine does not want to change yet.

    He likes to by the "red" label yoplait and I HATE it. He was going to get some on Monday and thank goodness I was with and made him get the light. It still is not great but at least it does have less sugar then the red. He just does not get it.

    Hang in there.
    3099 days ago
    I also showed this to my DH and he said "See? Told ya Snickers bars are healthy!" Wise arse.
    3099 days ago
    Eh. It's like filling a 5 gallon pail with an eye dropper. You can do it, but it's gonna take a long long time.

    My DH is getting his blood work tomorrow. He's tested his blood sugar the last 2 mornings and it has been very good - and HE HIMSELF noted that he had had less to drink than usual the last couple of nights. So tonight he ate dinner before drinking and turned in (ie. quit drinking) earlier than usual. Hopefully the test will confirm (to him) that lower alcohol definitely = lower blood sugar.
    3099 days ago
    Cathy, I gave the Mr. your husband experiment trilogy posts to read... I wanted to see how he would see it... lots of chuckling and head nodding... and he wants you protein bar recipe, LOL! Could you pass it on to me, please?

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
    3100 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Knowledge is power, and you've really educated us on food choices.
    Over time, habits improve with continued persistence. I had lunch with a girlfriend today and she asked "isn't there less of you?" I told her one of the things that is different is that I no longer buy bags of candy. Funny thing, I don't miss it, either. Progress, one choice at a time.
    Hang in there.
    3100 days ago

    Oh, I SO feel your pain!!! This was me and my Mr. just two years ago... and now he's eating Paleo! Don't lose heart.

    I, too, refused to be invited into being the food police... I stopped packing Mr.'s lunches forever ago... it's hard to bite one's tongue, though, and even harder to carry the burden of concern over a loved one's health.

    3100 days ago
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