Thursday, September 30, 2010
I have better ways to spend 140 calories. For example, 140 calories of cottage cheese gives me 22 grams of protein. The other night, I ate 140 calories of straight tangos—but I multiplied the serving size by 5 and mindlessly ate 700 calories!!! In the 700 calories, I got 10 grams of protein and nearly 100 grams of CARB!! AND 35 GRAMS OF FAT!! Holy moly!! That is A LOT OF CARBS AND FAT.
Frank Zane keeps his total fat below 20-25% of his total calories, which for me would mean keeping it under 30 gms of fat. This is tough. He also would have me eat 130 gms protein per day and no more than 165 grams of total CARB. Wow. Right now, I’m working on getting at least 80 gm of protein a day. Baby steps.
If I use portion control and eat 9 chips of Tangos, I have 2 g of protein, 19g CARBS and 7g FAT. Not worth it. But if I did have it, I would stick to less than 9 chips (4 or 5) and have it with cottage cheese and salsa (15 cal per 2 T). The problem with these types of foods is they trigger binge eating. What the heck do you do with the chips in the rest of the bag? My family is not crazy about them and I end up eating them.
STRATEGY—DO NOT BUY TANGOS. YOU’VE GOT BETTER FOOD.
One more observation: the manufacturer lists sugar 3 different times in the ingredient list: dried cane syrup, cane sugar and honey. It is a ruse. When they divide the sugar ingredients like that, sugar does not show up in the top 3 ingredients. Instead, the ingredient list looks wholesome—stone ground corn, sunflower oil, whole brown flaxseed…then sugars begin. This is junk food masquerading as health food. SHAME ON ME!! I fell more than once for buying it. The marketers put it in a brownish bag—reminiscent of old style food—and announced in big letters that it has omega 3, whole grains and no transfats.
No more tangos (tortilla chips).
4x(130 gm of protein+165 gm of carb)=1168 and 9x(30gm of fat)=270 for a total calorie of 1168+270=1438 TOTAL CALORIE
SHOOT FOR 130 GMS PROTEIN, 165 GMS CARB AND 30 GMS FAT ACCORDING TO FRANK