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YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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2/15/13 11:31 A

I would go w/ the higher fat. Fat helps you to feel more satisified and full, whereas sugar (especially the added variety) doesn't (and might even have the opposite affect) so generally it's better to choose something with higher fat. Fiber content helps as well, so in this case the popcorn is definitely the better choice as popcorn is a good source of fiber.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/15/2013 (11:32)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,014)
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2/15/13 11:25 A

Your example is choosing between two unhealthy options, but the kettle corn will be better. All fats are not created equally; I agree that you do need some healthy fat in your diet, but NO sugar is necessary.

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2/15/13 9:52 A

Well, you need fat in your diet. You don't need sugar. Fat's also going to sustain you longer than sugar.

I usually decide based on what the rest of my plan for the day is. If I've already got a lot of fat planned for the day but haven't eaten much sugar. I'll take the sugar if it's something I really want to have. If I'm low on fat for the day, then most definitely, I'll choose some higher fat foods but try to make sure they're monounsaturates or polyunsaturates.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/15/2013 (09:54)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
2/15/13 9:46 A

Frankly I would prefer eating the healthy fat and nix the sugar. As for your two examples, neither appeals to me. For my sugar fix i would rather have two or three dates or a handful of raisins. For my fat intake, I prefer coconut oil or healthy nut butters, or a handful of nuts.

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2/15/13 9:44 A

I apologize if this topic has been discussed before, but there are just so many messages to look through! Anyway, I was wondering which is "better": a food with higher fat grams or a food with higher sugar grams. Specifically, I'm currently looking at Kettle corn popcorn with 8g fat and 8g sugar vs. Swiss Miss pudding that has 3.5g fat and 21g sugar. So I was wondering for this example, and I guess in life in general, which is better?
Thanks!

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