Sunday, April 14, 2013
Is It a Dessert or Not
Ultimately the problem with these bars, and more generally with all diet food, is that they're trying to make you think you're being healthy when in actuality you're eating dessert. Protein bars are not healthy; they're a bad tasting dessert. Quaker Chewy's aren't a "snack" they're a mediocre dessert. Next time you're at the store, check the label. If they've added sugar, or sugar substitutes, or magical sweeteners like stevia, then it is a dessert and should be treated as such. (Personally, I count white flour as dessert too.)
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying to not eat dessert. I'm saying that you shouldn't pretend things aren't dessert when they really are. Lying to yourself (or believing marketing lies) is why most diets fail. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. Just stick with the same basic diet advice that as been around since before it was even called a diet. Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds with a side fish/meat/eggs/dairy. Then, when you're done (always at the end of a meal), have a real dessert like chocolate, or ice cream, or something from the bakery. Just be sure to enjoy it.