I know I've said this before, but nutritionists suck. Like their whole kick against cane sugar and corn syrup, as if there's something magical about the sugars in other plants that somehow make them superior to the sugars from sugar cane and corn. And don't even get me started on their war against fastfood. Because yeah, that stuff's not healthfood, but regular restaurants can pack in quite a lot more calories than McDonalds; yet don't get half the attention.
And so I see this article titled 3 Low-Cal Summer Thirst Quenchers, and I'm somewhat interested as I'm trying to lose just a little more belly fat (though I'm already in great shape) and realized that I get quite a few unnecessary calories from juice and soda. But of course, none of the three "thirst quenchers" appeal to me; one of which was just tea with lemon and mint in it, because yeah, I couldn't have figured that one out myself.
But the second one was simply ridiculous. It was for "Low-Sugar Lemonade," which included unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, and mint. And I'm like, yuck, that sounds disgusting. I'm not sure which of those three bothers me more, though it's probably the applesauce, because there's half a cup of the stuff in there, divided into four servings; so each cup contains an eighth of a cup of applesauce. I like applesauce, but not in my drink.
And of course, the applesauce and syrup are there as sugar substitutes, for reasons that make no sense. And mint? Minty lemonade? I don't think so.
How Low Can You Go
But worst of all, the fitness guru posting this stuff actually admits that this concoction has 80 calories per serving; yet acts like that's a good thing. 80 calories? My god, Dr. Pepper has 100 calories per serving, and I've been assured that it comes from the Devil himself. And the powdered Country Time Lemonade I drink on a regular basis has 60 calories per serving, and I generally water it down so as to cut down on my calorie intake and actually prefer it a little less sweet. (I also water down my juice and soda, btw.)
So I'm supposed to be impressed with a "low sugar" lemonade that has twenty fewer calories that Dr. Pepper and twenty more calories than powdered lemonade? So much so that I'm going to put applesauce and syrup in my drink? I don't think so.
And seriously, what the hell is the matter with these people? Because the reality is that soda really isn't that bad for you. It's the quantity that's the problem; not the quality. It's that people want to drink 64 ounce Big Gulps of the stuff. But the thing is, that's not going away just because people start substituting syrup for cane sugar. If someone wants 64 ounces of a drink, they're going to drink 64 ounces. And whether it's soda, juice, or maple-mint lemonade; you're going to pack on the calories if you drink that much.
If your diet recipes count on the users having the restraint to only eat and drink individual serving sizes, then you can count on them to fail. And that's the biggest problem with why people are fat. It's not that they're drinking soda or eating McDonald's. It's that they're eating and drinking servings that are five times bigger than they should. And these stupid nutritionists with their rant against specific foods while highlighting other foods which are only marginally better (and sometimes worse) doesn't help at all.
And so people imagine they're earning healthpoints every time they take this nitwit advice, rather than realizing that there really is no magic bullet and you simply have to eat less and exercise more.
It's the Quantity, Stupid
People shouldn't be warned away from 100 calories in Dr. Pepper. They need to be warned about the 800 calories they're getting in a Super Big Gulp; which is only 160 calories more than they'd get from drinking the same quantity of this "Low Sugar Lemonade." They need to be told that the recommended daily serving of 2% milk they're told to drink has 9 grams of saturated fat and 390 calories; and how 2% milk has more calories than Coke. And they need to be told that a typical burger at a regular restaurant has more fat and calories than a Big Mac.
But nutritionists refuse to do that, because that's just not something they care about. They prefer being food nazis. They want to tell you to avoid certain types of food, not because they're worse for you, but because they personally don't like these foods. And so they'll tell you that weird applesauce lemonade is "low calorie," even though it has more calories than powdered lemonade; not because it's true, but because it makes them feel better.
Oh, and the worst of these? The Eat This Not This guy, who gives moronic advice, such as replacing your 20 ounce Minutemaid Lemonade with an absurdly small 8 ounce Knudsen Lemonade, even though the calorie savings is due solely to the smaller serving size and the Knudsen has 100 more calories if you drink 20 ounces of it (a fact he fails to mention at all). And then there's his bizarro theory that foods with fewer ingredients are somehow better for you, or that natural ingredients are inherently superior to processed ones. As if peanuts can't kill people, or fish are somehow comprised of one simple chemical we all understand.
And these are all lies. Stupid, dangerous lies that con people into believing that they've finally found the secret to losing weight, which doesn't require them to eat less or exercise. Because that's all this is about, and if I could quench my thirst with 8 ounces of lemonade, I'd do it. But until then, I'll stick to twenty ounces of watered down Country Time and try to get in a little more exercise. Not for myself, but for the ladies.