I am thrilled to appear in this month’s edition of Spirituality & Health.

My article, Why Some Health Foods Aren’t So Healthy After All, makes two points:

  • The nutrition on many popular items isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  • You have to consider habits before slurping up too many smoothies, or nose-diving into a bowl of kale chips.

Perhaps you’ve heard me say these things before?

Did you know: One-half cup of Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice cream has 14 grams of sugar?

Measuring by volume, a comparable serving of Dannon All Natural Vanilla Yogurt has around 17 grams of sugar.

Did you know: One 12-ounce Odwalla Mango Tango Fruit Smoothie has more sugar than a 12-ounce serving of Coca-Cola (44 g versus 39 g), and as much sugar as nine Oreo cookies.

Here’s a radical thought: it’s not whether you choose the smoothie or the Oreos that matters. What matters is how you fit smoothies (and the Oreos if you like) into your overall diet.  What’s more, the presence (or absence) of a single nutrient shouldn’t sway your decision, because it’s the total food experience that shapes your habits.

You know I believe there’s a place in your kids’ diets for everything.

And maybe you’re surprised that I would advocate Oreos over Odwalla. Read the rest of the article and tell me what you think.

~Changing the conversation from nutrition to habits.~