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Soups, Cereal, Low Calorie Subs for Weight Loss

Unhealthy Food Choices Based on Calories, Sodium & Fat

Article by Diet Bites


Low Calorie - Not Always the Healthiest Choice

With so many commercials these days - it's a huge challenge resisting foods. We have advertisements that focus on foods and beverages that we input into our humble kitchens - from fast food and restaurant-based ads - and then we have those which advertise diet foods - such as using soup, cereal and particular fast foods for losing.

So what's anyone who is seeking a sleeker, healthier body to do?

First and foremost, let's take a look back into the pages of history and remember what mom told us - as well as her mom told her and so forth; that the first rule in life is to practice safety! If we toy with things that pose risk to our body - then we're just being foolish, right?

This applies to losing that unwanted fat, too. If we attempt to lose in an unhealthy manner, we may be left with a crippled body - that may never recover over our lifetime.

Risky dieting poses the greatest risk to the heart and can also be taxing on other vital organs - such as the kidneys. If either of these two organs malfunction - life is compromised.

Therefore, the best method in which to drop pounds is to do so safely - and the formula for doing such is so simple:

1. Eat healthy food selections - and the closer to Mother Nature these selections are, the healthier they will be.

2. Add a healthy dose of activity to your plan and balance exercise with relaxation.

On that note, there are many foods that are often advertised as healthy selections that can be used while losing. But just how healthy are these foods? Below we identify foods that are often advertised as healthy - but which have hidden nutritional areas that can pose risks for the body. Too much sodium, too much fat - it's not always about the caloric values of the item chosen. And just because an item is labeled 'salad' doesn't mean it's a good choice.

Let's Take a Ride on the Subway - Restaurant, that is...

This is one of the healthier restaurant options for dieters - but take heed, even when low calories are in the mix. The culprit? Sodium. The American Heart Association recommends 1500 milligrams for optimum health as well as to assist in slashing heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. The average American currently consumes 3,436 milligrams daily - more than double the recommended amount.

On that note, let's take a look at Subway Restaurant's "Six Grams of Fat Menu" offerings, paying close attention to the sodium content.


Subway Club Salad - 160 kcals and 780 mg's of sodium.
6" Sweet Onion Teriyaki - 380 kcals and 900 mg's of sodium.

The amount of salt contained within these menu selections - as well as several other options on the low fat menu are too excessive in such to be considered as healthy options.

Soups for Weight Loss, the Hidden Sodium

Progresso advertises that their soups can assist with weight loss yet even their reduced sodium variety is rather steep in salt content.

For example, the Reduced Sodium Beef & Vegetable contains almost 500 mg's (480) per serving as does the Tomato Parmesan - and the other choices in the lower salt line-up contain comparable amounts.

The great news is that other than the salt content - the soup makes an excellent choice in other nutritional areas. However, for those individuals with heart and kidney disease - they should check with their doctor before going on any type of diet that incorporates soup due to the excessive addition of salt.

Campbell's Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle Soup contains 790 mg's of sodium per one cup serving. The Healthy Request variety will slash that amount almost in half - but it's still a steep amount for one cup of food.

Cereal for Weight Loss

How often do you enjoy cereal and just enjoy one recommended serving size? Generally, it's about one cup. The next time that you plan to eat cereal - get out a measuring cup; see exactly how much you should be eating. The caloric values can add up quickly.

In addition, almost all cereals are fortified or enriched. Some more than quadruple the amount of daily requirements for particular vitamins and minerals. One example is in the area of iron. Controlled health studies have shown that men over the age of 40 who have a diet rich in iron content are at higher risk for heart disease - yet many cereals are packed with iron.

General Mills Total Raisin Bran contains 18.68 milligrams per serving (1 cup). Males that are ages 14 to 18 require only 11 mg's and males over 19 require only 8. Scary situation, isn't it? But take note that almost-all cereal manufacturers - not just General Mills adhere to vitamin and mineral enrichment - which may be excessive.

Health Note - Iron toxicity symptoms include: fatigue, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy or nauseated, loss of appetite - and the skin may have a gray hue.

In Summary

Foods that are advertised as healthy - often aren't. Use your good sense in choosing the healthiest choices for your eating plan. We recommend natural foods - raw fruits and vegetables when possible, lean meats, reduced fat dairy selections and slashing refined and highly processed foods - including fast foods and restaurant foods from the daily eating plan.

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