Not all Calories are Created Equal
When you are looking to buy a new brand or product at the grocery store, do you look at the nutritional value and ingredients? Or do you just look at the calorie count?
I don’t really track or count calories, but I am aware of them. This means I have a rough idea of the amount of calories in my food, so that I can make sure I am consuming a good amount to fuel my body each day. I believe it’s more important to focus on the health star rating and the nutritional value, ensuring that you provide your body with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, fibre, protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.
I believe that not all calories are created equal. Let's say that you have an apple and a chocolate, both are 100 calories each, which one would be the better choice? Obviously, the apple, right? It’s important to account for the nutritional differences between the two; the apple’s fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants, compared to the processed and unnatural flavours and sweeteners in the chocolate. If you don’t think about the nutrition, both foods end up seeming the same.
This also stands true when you compare a loaf of white bread that has less calories with whole grain bread which has more. However, the whole grain has a significantly higher nutritional value and is better for your health than the white bread, which again, is not accounted for when looking only at the calorie count.
I am not saying that you should disregard calories completely, just that they should not be the most important factor when making choices about what to eat. What is more important; is what the calories that you consume are providing your body with, how they nourish and fuel you throughout your day.