Why I DON’T Support the American Heart Association!

There are a few organizations that I will NEVER EVER support unless they can begin getting the correct info out to consumers.

Nutrition - Smart Substitutions (Doughnut Bagel)

The American Heart Association is one of them.   The information they tout on their website is simply WRONG!

From a recent article on weight loss from their site;

Keep portions smaller than your fist.  They say a reasonable portion for most foods is 1/2 to 1 cup of food!  Do you know how much a half cup of food is?  Go to the kitchen and grab that stainless steel measuring cup and look!  Not much food!

  • They recommend oatmeal topped with fruit for breakfast.  Absurd!

This for breakfast will give you 396 calories. 20% of those calories are from fat, way too low.  62% of those calories are from carbs, way too high and a prescription for gaining weight.  19% of those calories are from protein, way too low.  You get 43 mg. of Vitamin C, pretty lame.  4499 IU of Vitamin A, 2.2% of what is needed each day.

  • They recommend you have a servings of meat no bigger than 2 to 3 ounces

4 ounces or lean chicken will give you 99 calories, ONE mg. of Vitamin C,  4% of needed iron, 19 mg of Vitamin D (you need 50,000 IU a DAY!).  And this advice will leave you needing to fill up on a LOT of other foods!

  • They recommend you eat low fat baked goods that have margarine or veggie oils!
  • Add vegetable meals to your menu that don’t require a lot of oil or butter to cook, to keep the amount of cholesterol in your meal down. If you must use some, opt for olive oil, which contains antioxidants that can help lower your numbers.

These are the oils that CAUSE heart disease!!  Heated vegetable oils are one of the causes of sticky blood lipids which cause cholesterol to clump together, causing blockages.  Remember cholesterol is your best friend nutrition wise, it’s when the LDL’s are elevated that there is a problem. 

They keep stressing low fat, lowered calories…but who can eat that way>  And eating that was keeps you from both losing weight and getting healthy through meeting all of your nutrient needs.

When you get an adequate amount of calories and nutrients you do nor crave carbs and sugars. Eating enough healthy fat and protein (from butter, meat, eggs, coconut oil, avocadoes, foods that actually have nutrients)…then “dieting” is not necessary.  BUT each meal should give you a third of your nutrients and calories for the day. That’s 2000 calories a day, 50% fat, 30% protein and 20% from veggies and a small amount of fruit.

AND the last reason is this…THIS recipe they posted on their web site.  Why something like this would be on their site, I do not know…There are SO MANY wonderful, healthy…even decadent desserts..that are healthy.  According to the Heart Association you shouldn’t make your brownies with butter…oh no!  They want you to use evaporated milk and corn or canola oil!  But THIS?  What person who knows better would put that crap in their body?   Hmmm.. I wonder how much Nestle’ contributes to this agency…and yeah, they own Carnation Milk as well as Nestle Chocolate;.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Rich and gooey, this easy-to-prepare pudding cake is intensely satisfying. It magically bakes into two distinct layers, one cakelike and the other a chocolate pudding sauce.

Cake Layer
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 chopped pecans
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 tablespoon canola or corn oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pudding Layer
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ick!



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