Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. We just covered some healthy snacks that we want to
consume, and I’m going to show you some snacks that you want to try to avoid. These snacks
are full of sugar and not very many nutrients and can help cause some road blocks when we
are trying to lose weight. So over here we have chips, which provide a lot of calories,
hydrogenated fats, saturated fats, and they’re very high in salt. So you want to try to avoid
those. Candy, which is loaded with sugar and has very little nutrients. They’re pretty
much all sugar, however, they do taste good and when eating in very small amounts, that’s
fine. As long as we’re putting them on our food log. We want to try to avoid foods that
contain artificial sweeteners and additives because even though they’re not really high
in sugar, they may also not be very high in nutrients like we saw in the food guide pyramid.
We want to try to get all of those vitamins, and minerals, and antioxidants. Processed
snack foods that claim they contain fruits and vegetables in them are also products that
you want to try to avoid. You should never replace fruits and vegetables with snacks.
Pastries are very loaded with sugar, and they provide very little nutrients, although they’re
very beautiful. Also, candy which contains the cocoa butter and high saturated fat and
other fats, are also loaded with sugar and are very low in nutrients and should be avoided.
These foods do taste good, and we should never restrict ourself completely from eating them.
However, maybe allowing ourselves to eat them once a week or once every two weeks is more
appropriate when we are trying to lose weight and become healthier individuals.