Pre-Portioned Snacking: The 100 Calorie Craze
In the midst of the weight loss craze that has swept this nation, a phenomenon is crashing through the snacking world with the emergence of 100 Calorie Packs. First, it was a smaller scale offering crackers and some sweet treats in a convenient prepackaged serving consisting of only 100 calories. Now it seems as though everything is being offered with a 100 calorie option, even Twinkies!
Upon careful examination, these 100 calorie packs are no more healthy for you than the same serving size as their standard counterpart. Simply, they are proportioned to a serving size, to help you better control over eating. The theory is that if you grab 100 calorie packs, you will eat the one serving and lose weight because you are now controlling your portions. However, if you get the chocolate covered pretzels or even the fudge drizzled chocolate chip cookies, you will notice yes you are only eating 100 calories, but they are packed with 4 grams of fat and 100 mgs of sodium!
The lesson here is that if you want to eat healthier, it goes beyond just portion control. Never mind that these 100 calorie packs tend to be more expensive! My suggestion to you is that you find a healthier snack that you like, soy nuts, edamame, special k cereal, whatever you may enjoy, and purchase some snack bags, and proportion your own snack packs. If it is pre-portioned, you are less likely to overeat and you are more likely to choose the healthier option because it’s already portioned out making it easy to just grab and eat.
You have to look at the overall nutritional values of what you are eating, not just the size of the serving or total calories. Yes you want to reduce calories, but you also want to reduce fat and sodium intake as well, as part of a healthier diet.