They muddy the water to make it seem deep.
Deception...it happened to us Minnesotans on Friday. We awoke to 45 degree temperatures, and rain. It felt like Spring. The snow melted on all the western facing lawns, and trees started hinting of budding. This happens once in a while. When you live in Minnesota, Winter usually lasts from November to May, so some February thawing is mighty appealing. We know, however, that it is a little deception by Mother Nature, teasing us that we are almost done with the deep freeze and the blooming flowers are right around the corner. We will get more snow here, it will drop into the teens again, and we are by no means done with Winter.
This happens every day, all the time with all kinds of food. Salad seems to be a big culprit. What is the most fattening thing about salad? Of course, it's the dressing. If you take the dressing out of most salads, you have a reasonable and good choice for a meal. I make some dressing that has very little oil, and it tastes great, and is only 10 calories a tbsp.
The other big deceit is using the words "healthy" on food. I have become a label reader. I look at sugar content, salt content (even though I RARELY buy processed foods), and know what goes into what I am buying. I have been eating yogurt parfaits lately, and really like them. I had to really look around to find some granola that wasn't filled with sugar and all kinds of chemicals. I finally ended up buying some at the food co-op where my darling Daughter works, as they list every ingredient on almost everything in the store. The same thing happened with yogurt. Low fat yogurt might be low fat, but it is filled with sugar, and is double the calories of non-fat yogurt. Yogurt and granola SOUND good for you, and if you check and buy right, they are.
Don't be deceived, either by a Winter warm-up or a low-fat label. Look at what you are buying, shop sensibly. Maybe by itself adding an additional 100 calories to a yogurt doesn't sound so bad, but if you add that up daily, in a month, you could lose a pound, just by making good choices.
Read the labels. Become your own food advocate. Know that if you cannot pronounce it, it shouldn't be going into your digestive system. Eat as close to nature as possible, and work every day to make sure you are not one of those fooled by those food deceivers.
Mother Nature, well, she really does her own thing, and when she finally sweeps Spring into Minnesota, it might be the most glorious thing ever. I'm looking forward to it!