One of the biggest food lies of all time is that all calories are created equal.
Food is so much more than just calories.
The types of food we eat vary so much in their nutrients and what they can do for our cell function and metabolism. Food can dictate whether our body runs efficiently or sluggishly trudges along.
When you eat something that contains sugar, fruit juice or refined white carbohydrates (like white bread, rice, pasta) it goes straight to our liver where it starts to manufacture fat and triggers insulin resistance, raising blood insulin levels and driving your body to store everything you eat as belly fat.
There are 1000 calories in just 360g of Jelly Beans
Broccoli on the other hand is rich in fibre and low in carbohydrates and sugar. Thanks to broccoli’s fibre content you’d have to eat a whopping 3 kilos of broccoli to reach 1000 calories. You’d never get through it – and if you did you wouldn’t be very popular, you’d probably blow the windows out of your house! 😂
Other examples of 1000 calories and their fibre content:
I’ve previously mentioned Jelly beans, however many you eat, contain no fibre whatsoever.
The 1000 calories worth of broccoli – 3 kilos – would contain an incredible 78g of fibre.
1000 calories of apples would equate to 11 medium apples at 48g fibre.
To get 1000 calories worth of stir fry veg would take 13 bags of it and that would have 45g of fibre.
However a big mac, fries and regular coke also equals 1000 calories and has just 8g of fibre
You see where we’re going here?
High fibre foods have less calories and will really fill you up. You’d never get through 11 apples or 13 bags of stir fry, but a cheeky Macca’s would slip down a treat if you were hungry.
Quantity versus Quality
Eating well should not be about the QUANTITY of food we eat, it should be about the QUALITY. Real foods like colourful vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, olives etc.), whole grains, legumes (peas, beans, pulses) and protein (responsibly sourced animal proteins, fish, seafood and plant based proteins) will give your body all the information and nutrition it needs to function at its very best.
So try to choose wisely, focus on quality not quantity and slowly it will change your relationship to food and your health will thank you for it.
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