Wednesday, June 29, 2011
OK, it's official -- at least if you are prepared to rely upon a Harvard study tracking almost 121,000 people over a 20 year period. The link above will take you to the whole article, written by Toronto based dietitian Leslie Beck. But here's the condensed version.
Some foods really are bad.
It's not the case that you can eat all foods in moderation.
The baddies? Predictable. All my faves.
That would be French fries and potato chips at the top of the list. And would include "sugary drinks" (what we Canajuns call "pop") and processed meats and desserts and refined carbs and . . . even baked potatoes. Yikes.
People eating these foods put on 17 pounds over 20 years. May not sound like a huge weight gain . . . but often apparently combined with additional weight gain associated with inadequate exercise, drinking, lack of sleep . . . yeah.
I've been trying to persuade myself that a French fry or two (snatched off DH's plate) isn't going to hurt . . . so long as I stay within my calorie range. And I have permitted myself a baked potato probably once a week.
Gotta reconsider this.
Stick with the veggies, fruit, nuts, whole grains and yogourt which are the mainstay of my diet - and which the Harvard study tells us are associated with no weight gain, even moderate weight loss.
Not what I wanted to hear, frankly. But this is a pretty reputable source. So, I'm listening.
Moderation in all things? Maybe not.