Huh? Serve a purpose? Yes, that is exactly what I asked. Think for a moment…what purpose do your foods serve in your body? Let me explain myself…I eat the same breakfast everyday: 1/2 of an Ezekiel english muffin, organic almond butter, and raw honey. I eat this every day because my english muffin is a source of sprouted whole grains that provides my body with fiber and essential fatty acids. Almond butter as a source of plant-based protein, fat soluble vitamins, and fiber. Raw local honey helps control my seasonal allergies. I chose theses foods for a reason thus my breakfast serves a distinct purpose in my body.
Instead, if I choose to grab a bagel with cream cheese, what purpose will that meal serve? The bagel is made of processed grains fortified with nutrients that are likely created in a lab and the cream cheese is a source of saturated fat. I will get some protein however most of the nutrients are processed. A bagel with cream cheese is the perfect example of a calorically dense food. Basically, you get Calories but receive minimal amounts of nutrients.
So, lets compare the two meals with a little help from My Fitness Pal.
My breakfast provides: 235 Calories, 10 grams of fat (healthy fats), 8 grams of protein, 0 grams cholesterol, 123 mg of sodium, 18 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of fiber.
A bagel with cream cheese provides: 669 Calories, 13 grams of fat (saturated fat), 24 grams of protein, 32 grams of cholesterol, 1,056 mg of sodium, 13 gram of sugar and , 5 grams of fiber.
As you can see, the bagel with cream cheese provides excess calories, cholesterol, and sodium (123 mg vs. 1056 grams. What!!!). Minimal differences are seen in grams of fat, sugar, and fiber however lets take a look at the source. The sugar from raw honey is a naturally occurring sugar called fructose. The bagel is known as a simple carbohydrate providing sucrose, which is known as white table sugar shown to increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The fat from my breakfast consists of healthy fats whereas the cream cheese is a source of saturated fat, also associated with obesity and heart disease.
So, I will ask you again…do your foods serve a purpose? Make sure each meal is deliberate and provides essential nutrients and nourishment. Your body will thank you!