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Yes a calorie is a calorie- because a calorie is a unit of energy, but food is more than just calories. It’s nutrients! 👊🏼 and SOURCE does matter!❗️As well as quantity.
Different foods can have different effects on our: blood sugar, inflammation, satiety & hunger levels, digestive system, work or workout performance, energy levels! AND different foods have different amounts of vitamins and minerals! .
✅ Carb sources & blood sugar- Brown rice has more fiber and is a complex carbohydrate- providing a slower blood glucose spike than white rice, which has no fiber and causes a faster blood glucose spike (KEEP IN MIND with blood sugar though- the FULL meal matters as fiber, protein, and fat will slow down digestion and the insulin and blood glucose response)
✅ Omega 3 fats like chia seeds, hemp seeds, eggs, wild caught salmon- these are anti-inflammatory in the body, vs Omega 6’s like processed vegetable oils (think soybean, canola, vegetable oil), that can be inflammatory in the body in excess. ✅ More processed foods can have more added preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and added colors/flavorings that may be fine in moderation but not in high doses. They also can be more palatable and increase food reward systems int he brain via fat, sugar, and salt intake- making you want MORE to continue that reward system dopamine response as well as satiety- because these foods tend to not be as satiated and leave you hunger again and unsatisfied. .
✅ Food choice impacts your gut microbiota, which further can influence your metabolism. Example - Fiber and probiotics can feed our beneficial gut bacteria. A diet high in refined grains, sugar, and high animal protein intake with little vegetables and fruits will have a lower microbiome diversity in comparison to a more “plant based” diet that incorporates fiber, fruits, veggies, whole grains, with animal protein thrown in.
Things to thing about! MACRO SOURCE DOES MATTER. Just because you CAN fit in a chocolate bar daily doesn’t mean you should. Just because you CAN fit Halo Top in daily doesn’t mean you should. Just because you CAN eat a whole bag of broccoli too doesn’t mean you should 🤷🏻♀️