Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Don’t Buy This Book! Or, if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

Light & Easy Cookbook, copyright 1991, Colour Library Books, Ltd., Godalming, Surrey, England

Ok, so you probably won’t be buying this book anyway, but it does point out a very important idea- don’t trust everything you read. I’m not sure where or when I got it but I skimmed through it over the years. Like many of my cookbooks, it is used mostly for ideas, not so much for exact recipes.

After hiding for a couple years I fished it out of a cabinet while looking for a kitchen gadget. Maybe some good ideas for the blog I thought. So I flipped to the low calorie section, read through a few and something seemed funny.

“Salad Paysanne” serves six, 21 calories each, so a little more than 120 calories for the entire recipe right? A quick check of the ingredients, add it up and the actual calorie count is over 150 calories per serving! Granted, that’s not much but do you really need 12+ grams of fat in a salad? That’s more fat than a McDonald’s cheeseburger! Then there is the “eggplant bake” at about 400 calories, not the 156 they state. Their “84 calorie” ratatouille has 150 calories from olive oil alone! Who are they kidding?

I could go after every recipe in the book, as each one has a glaring mistake or outright BS in it. The real point to this is don’t believe everything you read. It might be nice to believe you can eat some of these things but don’t kid yourself. Especially if your health is compromised by a disability, eating healthy is a challenge. Take it upon yourself to do a little digging, read the labels on what you eat and don’t accept what you hear without question. For a little more on figuring nutrition facts check out my post from August 3.

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