A Registered Dietitians Observations at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Expo

Last weekend  in Philadelphia, PA hundreds of food and beverage manufacturers, big and small, major and start-up, hawked their wares for thousands of Registered Dietitans to scrutinize, taste and marvel their products.  Yes, we dietians love all that is healthy, tasty and least processed but what about the "junk food"? Should they be allowed to set up shop in such an environment? Why not? Don't the dietians need to know about the so-called "junk food"?  Here are some interesting observations from this RD.


The Almond Board of California gave out this beautiful 1 ounce tin of Almonds (23 individual Almonds per 1 ounce) which is packed with vitamins, minerals and heart healthy fats but the calorie content officially "changed" in July from 160 calories per 1 oz serving to 130 calories. Hmmmm, interesteing, they did a study and found that the original count was off.

If you can eat JUST 1 OUNCE of ALMONDS (or 23) then go for it! If you are going to sneak a handful here and there throughout the day.....DONT KEEP ANY NUTS IN YOUR HOUSE!

This beautiful bag of dried apricots, (serving size 1 ounce=4 APRICOTS!) while they are delicious and the packaging is terrific, is 70 calories! 4 Apricots just doesn't cut it for me as a snack, so beware, as you are mindlessly eating dried fruit the calories will ADD UP!

There were so many bars, too many to name; health bars, energy bars, protein bars, breakfast bars, natural bars, but I found a PALEO BAR.  For those of you who are caught up in the paleo diet, (another day, another blog) that is hawked by the folks at CrossFit then there is a bar just for you! The full sized bar is "only" 200 calories, as a bar with just nuts and dried fruit would be.


 Hershey's was wonderful enough to give us a list of 100-Calorie Portions of their Chocolate...Thank You Hershey, but if you are going to have more than 4 KISSES....STAY AWAY!

A few other noteworthy booths with some great information included California Strawberries, Canadian Lentils and The Laughing Cow.

Remember to eat more fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy and LENTILS!!!

Thank you to my friend Madeleine Berg, www.Supernutritionist.com for taking such a beautiful pic of the lentils. A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!


Allison Tannenbaum@Nutrition4Life

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