4. Snack Foods

I am a salty/sweet junkie. I’d ride to a Wendy’s just for a large fry with a chocolate frosty accompanying it as a dipping sauce. However, I was introduced to and fell in love with Planter’s 100 calorie Energy packs. They include an assortment of nuts and dark chocolate to give you a quick mixture of salty and sweet. Finding alternative healthy snacks is not as daunting as it may seem. I chose Garden Veggie Straws instead of potato chips. Surprisingly, I found the ingredients were almost the same except for the saturated fat content, sodium and calorie content — vegetable snacks have nearly none.

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  1. Honest article. I’m 24 and this has now made me know why I voted for the first time 4 years ago #teamobama so that I can stay on my parents coverage. Hope everything works out for you 🙂

  2. I find the main point in this article extremely misleading. The claim that a high cholesterol number contributes to heart disease is not proven science, in fact the evidence for the truth of these theories was so weak as to be virtually nonexistent.

    Cholesterol is highly needed in the body for the organs to function properly. It is a fat-like substance that serves a number of useful functions. For instance, the liver needs it for its proper functioning. It also helps to maintain the cellular structures on the body and cholesterol is highly capable of transmitting the nerve impulses.

    “The American Heart Association recommends that your total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL, but what they do not tell you is that total cholesterol level is just about worthless in determining your risk for heart disease, unless it is above 330.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/the-cholesterol-myth-that_b_676817.html

    “During his cardiology training over thirty years ago, Dr. Ernest N. Curtis saw hundreds of patients with coronary heart disease and heart attacks. He was struck by the fact that most patients with fairly advanced atherosclerosis had such a wide variety of cholesterol levels.” http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/5/prweb8398286.htm

    Just search “link between cholesterol and heart disease” and you’ll find most articles refuting these claims and old studies with poor evidence.

    Not to diminish the need for a healthy diet, that includes natural, healthy and even saturated fats, not processed hydrogenated fats.

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