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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fuel Efficiency - For The Body

People that own high performance cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Mercedes don't fill their cars with the cheapest fuel.  So why do people use the cheapest fuel for their bodies?  High performance car owners use expensive gas because they know their car will perform better if they use better fuel.  If they put cheap fuel in the tank they won't get the same performance out of the car.

Food is the human body's gasoline.  If you put cheap food (fuel) into your body you will get sub-par performance out of your body.  It really is that simple!  So when choosing what to have for dinner, think about fuel efficiency.  What food choice is going to give you the most for what you are paying for?

Most gas stations label their gas in three different categories.  "Regular" Unleaded, "Plus" Unleaded, and "Super" Unleaded.  We will do the same here.  Lets look at a few food examples and label them accordingly...

Options for Breakfast:
 "Regular":  Pancake

Ingredients:  Wheat Flour Enriched (Flour, Niacin, Iron Reduced, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB)), Water, Egg(s) Whole, Sugar, Soybean(s) Oil, Whey Contains 2% or less of the Following: ( Corn Syrup High Fructose, Leavening (Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Corn Starch Modified, Flavor(s) Artificial, Soy Flour

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 16%, Iron: 9%
"Plus": Oatmeal

Ingredients: Oat(s) Whole Grain Rolled
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 0%  Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 2%  Iron: 14%
"Super": Strawberries

Ingredients:  Strawberry(ies)
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 652%, Calcium: 12%, Iron: 16%

Options for Lunch:
"Regular":  Pork and Chicken Hot Dog

Ingredients: Chicken Mechanically Separated, Water, Pork, Corn Syrup, Food Starch Modified, Salt, Contains 2% or less Flavoring Beef, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrate (Nitrite)
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Vitamin A: 3%, Calcium: 7%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 3%
"Plus":  Cold Cut Ham

Ingredients:  Cured with Water, Contains 2% or less Salt, Sodium Lactate, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), Sodium Nitrate (Nitrite)
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 4.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 12%
"Super":  Pork Chop

Ingredients:  Pork
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 3%, Iron: 10%

Options for dinner:
"Regular":  White Spaghetti

Ingredients:  Semolina, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB)
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 0%  Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 10%
"Plus":  Whole Wheat Spaghetti

Ingredients:  Semolina Enriched ( Niacin, Iron (Ferrous Sulfate) ), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB) ) Wheat Durum Bran, Durum Flour, Wheat Germ Durum
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 9%
"Super": Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:  Squash
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Fiber: 10.4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 45%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 15%
As you can see, the "Regular" foods are full of "empty" calories, very little fiber and a LOT of ingredients (most of which I cannot pronounce!).

The "Plus" foods are a little better.  They have a few more vitamins and minerals, a bit more fiber and a few less ingredients.

The "Super" foods all have 1 ingredient, are all natural, have a lot of vitamins and minerals and no additives or preservatives.

So what are you having for breakfast, lunch and dinner today?


I ate 1/3 lb grass fed beef, with peppers and onions mixed in, some parsley from our garden, then sauteed some squash, spinach, swiss chard, parsley & basil from our garden with peppers & onions for a side, slathered on lots of butter, dash of salt and pepper, and a hunk, a hunk a watermelon for dessert! And that was just lunch! What are you making me for dinner??

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