Weak. The author is obviously not a nutrition expert. SparkPeople might reconsider the qualities they're looking for in their authors, or have articles about nutrition reviewed by their on-staff dietitians before release.
Something that bothered me, for example, was in referring to angel food cake, the author claims that 'each bite tastes better than the last'. I think he would find that the research does not back him up on this claim. The first few bites taste best, then we tend to finish our plate because it's there, or we need to fill our stomach.
More seriously, eating for comfort rather than for nutrition, pleasure, and as part of socializing may be a problem in itself. That is, perhaps the author should not have promoted eating for comfort at all, since other (more reputable) parts of the site discuss ways to deal with emotional eating in more constructive ways.
Finally, while these aren't strictly foods, I was surprised that hot tea and similar hot, low-calorie beverages weren't listed. I find that sipping a cup of hot herbal tea can be a very calming action, especially if I'm in a state of emotional upset and "craving something" but am not actually hungry.
- 3/2/2011 11:22:01 PM