Wellness Wednesday, 10.28.2020

Disclaimer:  Information presented here is not an official statement representing LBCC.  It is the author’s not-entirely-scientific opinion and experience.   Comments and constructive criticism always welcome.   And yes, I’m sensitive to those with diabetes, gluten intolerance and addiction to soda.   This is just food for thought.  haha

Quick quiz about candy while we anxiously await Halloween.  Answers at the end of the article.  Information gathered from Google Trends.

What is each of the following state’s favorite candy?

  1. Oregon?  
  2. Washington?  
  3. Idaho?  
  4. Massachusetts? 
  5. Arkansas?  

Here’s the thing about candy.  It is neither good nor bad.  It is just (mostly) sugar.  Eating food is something we do every. single. day.  I have a good friend who is a dietitian. She says “pay close attention 80% of the time”.  I like that philosophy.    Have fruits and vegetables, whole grains and limited fat/sugar.    When you want ice cream (or candy of your choice), maybe don’t super size it.   Because I teach about wellness, I often get razzed about having a Milky Way in my lunch.  (bite size of course).  I do try and balance that with other stuff and add in exercise.  

Regular size Milky Way = 310 calories.  Brisk walking = approximately 10 calories burned per minute. Therefore, 31 minutes of walking works off one Milky Way.  And then brush your teeth.

Some brief, possibly misleading facts:

  • 3 Musketeers.  260 calories. 40 grams sugar, 8 grams fat. It’s whipped!
  • Milky Way. 310 calories. 31 grams sugar, 9 grams fat.  Outta this world.
  • Licorice.  120 calories.  16 grams sugar.  1.5 grams fat.  Gluten free!
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups (2).  340 calories. 32 grams sugar.  8 grams protein!

“Desserts” spelled backwards = “Stressed”.  Just saying.

Quiz answers:

  • Oregon:  Reese’s Pieces (really?)
  • Washington:  KitKats
  • Idaho: Milk Duds
  • Massachusetts: Jr. Mints
  • Arkansas:  Skittles
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