Here’s a thought to curb your snacking compulsion…
Food is Energy and Nutrition
Unless you’re French and believe that the primary purpose of food is pleasure there are two needs that food fulfills but only one is ever talked about. If you read anything about food, you know that carbs, protein, and fat all power your body. Fight it out however you want. Dietary science continues to uphold the fuzzy logic that humans are resilient when it comes to food, that there are no foods that will kill you and none that are superfoods. Eat lots of different foods, avoid processed when possible, and eat lots of plants. You’ll be fine.
What you will very rarely hear about is the role of food in providing nutrition. While every cell of your body requires fuel for cellular functions they also require other chemicals. (Yes, nutrients are chemicals!) Many chemicals – minerals and vitamins – are cell, function, or organ-specific while others are needed throughout the entire body. All are needed in very small amounts and their use is complex and interconnected with other processes making their requirements difficult to understand. A lot of research goes into figuring out just what each person needs but the advice to eat as many different kinds of whole foods in as natural a state as possible is good.
So when you’re sorting out just what kind of protein drink you need after your HIIT workout or whether or not you should pour turbinado or stevia into your morning tea, take a little time to think about the chemicals you need to perform all day long and how our fuel choices provide the chemicals you need. Carbs, fats, and proteins are only half the story.
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