Indeed some foods are what we call fattening or high calorie and yet they are healthy choices. On the other hand some foods are low calorie and are unhealthy choices.

Let’s look at an example. Peanuts are extremely high in calories and yet they are a healthy alternative to an unhealthy snack choice like a cupcake or some high-energy sugar filled bar. A cup peanuts is about 850 cal. You can eat 3 KING SIZE Snickers bars and get about the same amount of calories.

So, what’s the difference. That’s what this blog is all about. In earlier blogs I’ve explained that calories are what matters when it comes to gaining or losing body fat. If the calories per cup of peanuts and to 2 KING SIZE Snickers bars are the same why choose one over the other.

Let’s look at the ingredients in both. The peanuts or high in oils. However these oils are a healthy form of polyunsaturated oils that are actually good for you. The Snickers bar on the other hand is highly processed, has lots of sugar and unhealthy fats. Plus the Snickers bar is missing other nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients included in the peanuts.

Let’s look at another example, raisins. A cup of raisins is also about 250 cal. Yes raisins are high in sugar but it’s a natural fruit sugar from grapes, not processed or refined in any way. If you compare a cup of raisins as a snack to jellybeans or some other candy you get the same kind of comparison. The sugar in a candy is highly refined and processed and totally devoid of any other nutrition like vitamins, minerals and
phytonutrients. The raisins on the other hand have several nutrients embedded that are good for us.

So, when you’re trying to make the proper dietary choices be sure and consider not only the caloric value but also the nutrient density of your food choice.