Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trail Mix

Edwin believes that trail mix is healthy. I read the back of the package, and the results were terrifying. In what the company sadistically refers to as a serving, which would be three tablespoons (less than 1/4 cup!), there are 160 calories (not that bad), but 10 grams of fat! That's between a third and a fourth of what you're supposed to have in an entire day. So, why is it considered so healthy?

For whatever reason, I found myself pondering this great question today. It finally dawned on me that trail mix is intended to act as sustenance to fuel heavy exertion. In other words, it doesn't work as a healthy snack. It does, however, function quite well in lieu of a meal while in the middle of the woods. It has lots of protein, some carbs, and a nice little addition of chocolate in the form of M&M's. As far as a small, portable meal goes, it's a winner.

Synopsis: Trail mix does not make one healthy, though proper use of it (which requires actually hiking trails) could eventually have positive effects on the consumer. And now you know.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Eeeeeenteresting. . . . .I never thought of that. Thanks for making trail mix guilty now. ;)