01 Apr Rick, let me guess, a Snickers?
It’s blog time. It’s been several
days… weeks…eh months, since our last blog. In case you are wondering, I did not get fired or get taller.
Let’s talk candy bars and nutrition value. I make a lot of claims in real life that I have accepted as truth and therefore attempt to pass on to my friends as truth. For blogging purposes, I’m ok with debunking my half-truths.
So, I guess this is where I tell you one of my half-truths that I live by… judge away cruel world judge away.
It’s wrestling season, which means a lot of early Saturday morning tournaments. I do not have my life together on Saturdays. I do a great job at fully functioning five days a week…but weekends are wildcards. And for those that are assuming I’m crazy and enjoy the night life the town of 2,531 has to offer, I don’t, I’m boring. I’m 26 going on 80. I enjoy puzzles, I dedicate a night a week to cleaning my sneakers, I enjoy the Gameshow Network, and absolutely fancy surprise naps. With all that being said, I don’t plan breakfast if I have to be up before 7. Yes, I’m fully aware breakfast is the most important meal of the day, blah blah blah. GOT IT MOM. Side note, 1,003 of the population isn’t allowed to leave their temporary residence at the prison.
So when we finally arrive at the tournament, I grab my ol’ reliable breakfast bar, a Snickers. I dislike chocolate, I dislike peanuts, and if it’s afternoon my taste buds wake up and I no longer want anything to do with a Snickers.
But for some reason, a breakfast Snickers is absolutely delicious and I validate my choice by saying it is a meal and has protein.
I never actually looked at the Snickers’ wrapper before making this statement…and now looking at the wrapper I feel like I should have chosen my words a bit better. But I will defend it to the end.
Candy bar sizes have been getting smaller and smaller. The current Snickers bar is 52.7g. It has 250 calories, 110 of those being from fat. It has 12 grams of fat, 4.5 grams being saturated fat, 120mg of sodium, 27 grams of sugar, 33 grams of carbohydrates, and finally my bright side, 4 grams of protein.
Although I got more and more depressed while typing those, I am stubborn, and will fight to the end.
Let’s start with calories! If this was not used as a meal and an extra intake, I’d have to run 2.5 miles. I’m using an uber simplified method of 1 mile = 100 calories. BUT, I claim it’s a meal, so I don’t have to run. Point, me. (YES I UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT HASHBROWNS AND EGGS MOM)
Now to the fats, I’m going to assume I’m going to take a loss. But let’s do this, they made the new Snickers smaller, they used to be 25% of your daily fat value, now it’s only 18%. So there’s that. Saturated fats are particularly bad for people; they raise cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. But to be fair on my part, it’s early morning, I most likely lose crumbs, and by crumbs I mean all of the saturated fat probably falls to bleachers. And it’s safe to say that Snickers also contain monounsaturated fats, because of the peanuts. Monounsaturated fats are good fats, they are good for the heart and lowers cholesterol.
Oh, salt. ALL SODIUM IS NOT TERRIBLE. Excess sodium yes, not great, it makes the kidneys retain extra water which causes bloat and strains the heart and blood vessels. And high salt intake sometimes leads to an elevated blood pressure. BUT! Salt helps the body send messages to and from the brain. Salt is also important for work outs…it helps prevent muscle cramping. And luckily it is listed as just 5% of the daily value.
Ok. Sugar. I’m just going to throw the benefit out there right away, energy. Boom. Ok, now let’s get real. Sugar gives you energy, then there’s a sugar crash. But past energy, sugar really is just an empty calorie. It contains no proteins, no vitamins, no minerals, and no essential fats, really just nada. I’m also a big fan of teeth, and well, teeth hate sugar.
PROTEIN, the giant upside of a Snickers bar. Ok, to be fair to my friends, 4 grams of protein isn’t a lot. BUT, when talking protein in candy bars, Snickers is kind of king. Skittles and Starburst have zero grams of protein. In chocolatey comparisons, Three Musketeers 1 gram, Milky Way 2 grams, and Twix 2 grams. Again to summarize previous blogs, protein is good, keeps us full, our body uses protein to build and repair muscle tissue, helps our hair and nails, and READ OUR OTHER BLOG POSTS.
“You’re not you when you’re hungry.” Snickers absolutely nailed it with this slogan. When I’m hungry I’m a person that wants a Snickers. When I’m full, I don’t even like Snickers.
So DECISION TIME, Snickers won’t make a person healthier. BUT really, in moderation and with a healthy overall diet and exercise, Snickers also won’t destroy a person.