I try to be fairly health conscious. I exercise regularly and for the most part I try to make good food choices. Without question I’m a food label reader and a couple of weeks ago, while traveling, I stopped into a bistro to grab breakfast. In all fairness, this would not have been my first choice for breakfast but it was convenient. I was impressed that there was nutrition information posted for all of the items on the menu. I was less impressed by what I learned.
The bistro sold low-fat muffins, yogurt, doughnuts and coffee. And the bistro specifically promoted the low-fat muffin as a healthy breakfast alternative. They had about 5 different kinds of “low-fat” muffins on the menu so I took time to read the nutrition info for each. I didn’t find any that sounded good so I began looking at other menu items and I was shocked by what I learned.
The low-fat muffins contained more calories and sugar than the doughnuts!
In the end I didn’t order a muffin or doughnut, instead, my breakfast consisted only of coffee. My experience did remind me of the power of presentation and the need to read labels. Had I not done so I would have ordered the muffin and been convinced that I made a “healthy” breakfast choice.
We all have choices in what we eat and sometimes the best choice isn’t apparent.