Day 2 of the 31 Days of Wellness addresses a food to avoid.
I grew up in New York eating bagels. My favorite was sesame with cream cheese and chive. Warm; slightly toasted. Coffee, milk and sugar, to wash it down.
Several years ago I read an article that stated “the bagel” was one of the worst foods you could eat. While I could have though of a dozen other items worse than a bagel (how about a glazed donut, hot dogs, and fried twinkies), the bagel does deserve a few comments. In the spirit of health and wellness, avoiding bagels is a good start.
For your generic bagel, plan on investing about 300 calories (before the butter, jam, or cream cheese), 460 mg sodium, and 59 grams of carbohydrates. Minimal fiber, and no significant vitamin or mineral content. It’s an empty meal from a nutritional standpoint. A rare treat of a bagel won’t break the preverbal nutrition bank, but a regular dose of these, or similar bread products will kill you.
Panera Bread, a hands down favorite with everyone I talk with, has an expansive breakfast offering. Eating a plane bagel will look healthy compared to one of their breakfast sandwiches. Their sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on Chibatta bread is deadly, packing in 550 calories, 29 grams of fat, 1040 mg sodium, and 44 grams of carbohydrates.
Keep in mind the American Heart Association recommends between 15-1800 mg of sodium (salt) per day.
The goad for 2013 is to avoid as many refined, man-made products as possible. Start by avoiding all bread and wheat products. The difficult part of all this is that we are surrounded by fast food establishments coast to coast. Make a conscious decision to stay away. Your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease will be reduced.
Substitute the beloved bagel for fruit and yogurt in the morning, egg whites with veggies, lean meats, or a fruit smoothie.
Let me know what you think.