Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I was shopping yesterday for some home improvement stuff and of course as I was checking out, I had to peruse the candy selection--what I saw made me chuckle:
I thought it was funny because I know that a King-sized Baby Ruth candy bar is not where I plan to get my protein for the day; however, this same candy bar is what I believe is confusing for so many people when it comes to getting healthy. The general public doesn't understand how their bodies work and process food. My mom, for instance, would think: Well, this must be good because it has protein in it. Ummm, no...it's still a candy bar loaded with fat, sugar, junk. I remember at one point in her life, she ate Hot Tamales like they were going out of style because they were 'fat free.' I tried to explain to her that calories build up to make fat, but she just kept saying but they're 'fat free,' they don't contain any fat. Finally, I threw my hands in the air and gave up (probably snapped my tongue and stormed off--I was a jr in high school :) )
I don't really have an answer to the problem of informing the general public, and frankly, I think ignorance is bliss to many of them, which is why the "4 grams of protein" claim works so well. For me, it's frustrating because I fell victim to this at one point in my life; however, until I decided I wanted to change my health, any one who would've tried to teach me about how to get healthy would've been preaching on deaf ears. I didn't want to listen, I didn't want to change, I wanted the candy bar!
Needless to say, I left the bar alone. It wasn't even a hard decision. The guy behind me did get a good laugh at me taking a picture of a candy bar though. I just told him it was an inside joke. :)