Sugar: the battle continues with new WHO guidance

Sugar has been the most difficult of the three food vices — sugar, fat and salt — for me to cut down on since my angioplasty. I find my food life without it hideously boring and old man-ish, so I’ve been eating more fruit to get it, despite warnings about the “bad” sugar in such things as grapes, for example.

Once my favorites, Hostess HoHos are off my diet today, but I will never forget them.
Once my favorites, Hostess HoHos are off my diet today, but I will never forget them.

The first nutritionist I saw after my angioplasty in 2012 said to eat no more than 40 grams of sugar a day, either added to foods or in foods naturally (such as in fruit). I’ve found that level impossible. I’ve since read there is no recommended daily sugar allowance, even for healthy people. But a recent article on the World Health Organization talking about sugar does provide some new guidance — guidance which makes me extremely sad, unfortunately. Continue reading “Sugar: the battle continues with new WHO guidance”

Roasted vegetables can be fun as side dish or meal

Roasted vegetables, actually grilled vegetables, is something I’ve written about, using vegetables like zucchini and portobella mushrooms, so I was attracted to a recent New York Times story about roasting vegetables.

I’ve been forced to eat more veggies since my angioplasty, so I might as well make the most of it. The recipes in the Times article include root veggies common in winter and also fennel, an Italian veggie I grew up loving which now seems available more times of year than it once was. I think of fennel as a fall veggie. Indeed, we would have it as part of our Thanksgiving table of blended Italian and American dishes.

Grilled veggies with stuffed grape leaves and a salad, yum.
Grilled veggies with stuffed grape leaves and a salad, yum.
Continue reading “Roasted vegetables can be fun as side dish or meal”

No salt no sugar recipes: we just posted more

Our no salt, no sugar, no fat recipe page has 10 new recipes, some we’ve been trying out in recent months, others we found on other sites and thought they were worth sharing.

Included on the page are holiday meal ideas for Christmas and Thanksgiving. You’ll also see some fun summer salad and grilling suggestions.

Baked mostaccoli, or do you call them ziti?
Baked mostaccoli, or do you call them ziti?

I’ve also started creating photo step-by-step instructions posts for such things as my relatively low-salt, low-fat pizza and my all-time favorite low-salt, low-fat baked mostaccoli.

Living on a no-salt, no-fat, no-sugar diet isn’t fun, but recipes can be adapted to give you some fun tastes along the way. Check out our recipes, and send me yours too, I’m always open to guest posts.
John

Food trainers don’t eat, but I once loved

Celebrity fitness trainers aren’t people I normally pay much attention to, but I was drawn to a recent article entitled 8 Foods Celebrity Fitness Trainers Won’t Eat because I wondered what the eight foods could be.

Not surprisingly, the list included foods I once loved, like fried foods, diet soda, bread, crackers and croutons. But surprisingly, some foods I’ve taken to eating since my angioplasty also made the list. These included yogurt, bananas and grapes.

What would a celebrity trainer say about Drake's Yodels?
What would a celebrity trainer say about Drake’s Yodels?

Yogurt is called out by one trainer because most yogurts are high in sugar. I normally look for the sugar-free yogurts, but that opens the debate about what sweetener is used instead in those. Continue reading “Food trainers don’t eat, but I once loved”

New nutrition labels and how they show salt, fat and sugar

Nutrition labels, or more accurately nutrition information panels on food and beverage labels, are getting a makeover, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week. My first reaction: disappointment that salt content isn’t being targeted and that the FDA didn’t significantly reduce what it recommends as daily salt intake for an adult.

“The FDA proposal also reduces the daily recommendation on sodium to 2,300 milligrams from 2,400, which the Center for Science in the Public Interest said isn’t enough. The daily value should be reduced to 1,500 milligrams, the nonprofit advocacy group said,” reported Bloomberg.

Since my angioplasty, nutritionists have told me to limit salt intake to 1,500 mgs a day. I’ve aimed for 1,200, believing products can have more salt than advertised, especially when it comes to restaurant food. Continue reading “New nutrition labels and how they show salt, fat and sugar”

100 calories: can you fill up on it? Depends on what you pick

Counting calories isn’t all that important to me anymore. That’s because switching to a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet has meant I’ve cut out all the high calorie treats I once ate like cookies, cake, fatty beef, ribs, etc. I routinely eat less than the 2,100 calories a day I’m supposed to eat to maintain my weight these days, which is why I’ve lost 30 ponds in the 18 months since having my angioplasty.

You will not get fat eating fruits and vegetables. Check the chart I've linked to here to see why.
You will not get fat eating fruits and vegetables. Check the chart I’ve linked to here to see why.

I now firmly believe it’s impossible to get fat eating only healthy foods, that is foods without salt, fat or sugar added. You would have to eat prodigious amounts of vegetables and dry white meat chicken to gain any weight. This view was bolstered by a chart I found recently about 100 calorie servings. Continue reading “100 calories: can you fill up on it? Depends on what you pick”

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