What’s the difference between 200 calories of plant based foods, calorie dense foods and oils?

Would you know what 200 calories looked like? 

I really never knew…I learn by hearing AND seeing.  There is a huge difference between 200 calories of nutrient dense (plant based) foods and calorie dense foods…I am sure we all know that.  I wanted to bring it to your attention how certain foods will fill up your stomach faster than other foods.

This in itself is one of the biggest reasons we are such a sick nation.

This is an example of what you can eat to fill your stomach.  The nutrient dense (plant based foods) are high in fiber which is what fills up your stomach.  Calorie dense foods usually are low in fiber, and oils are usually absent in fiber.

2 products can have the same number of calories but completely different in other nutrients.  If you compare a portion of baked potato to a portion of plain potato chips with equal calorie content (100 calories), you will find that baked potato contains twice the amount of dietary fiber: baked potato contains 1.61 g of fiber, while chips contain 0.75 g of fiber. In addition, baked potato has four times more vitamin C than chips (13.7 mg of vitamin C in baked potato and 3.4 mg in potato chips).  OK, that’s a no-brainer.  We all know that a baked potato is healthier than potato chips.  You get a lot of vitamins, minerals, fiber and save calories. Nutrient dense food includes fruit, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, lean meat, eggs, poultry, low-fat dairy and seafood. Whole, unprocessed foods are usually nutrient dense.

When you eat a diet rich in plant based foods, it will fill your stomach much faster than if you don’t…you can eat until your full and not have to worry about counting calories, fat, or anything!!  It is the easiest way to eat…no thinking required.

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