Unhealthy snacks and olive oil is good for you

We go through a lot of this stuff at my house

In my usual perusing of the Internet today I found two somewhat interesting articles. Or, more accurately, two articles that I can poke fun at.

The first one comes from Yahoo and is titled “Are Those “Healthy” Snacks Actually Bad for You?” Probably.  If it comes in a bag and has commercials on TV, ya, it’s probably bad for you. The articles actually is correct on what to eat and what not to eat, but for the wrong reason. For the Kale chips it does mention that there are more additives than needed and suggests you make your own: great advice, but for the rice crackers it says they are all carb with little fiber and that is their rationale for not eating it. How about that it is probably highly processed and has very little nutritional value? Then they suggest multi-grain crackers – BZZZZ. Wrong answer. Multi-grain crackers are nothing more than highly refined sugars disguised as a healthy snack.

I am curious about these sweet potato chips they talk about, though. I would love to find some and check out the ingredients. They indicate that you can find some that are solely sweet potatoes, oil (better not be vegetable oil!), salt and seasoning. Wait…sound like what I make at home about once every other week. Take a few sweet potatoes, cut them into “fries”, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 450 degrees for about 20-25 minutes turning occasionally. I know what I eat for snacks and I know exactly what is in them. Better than guessing with some manufactured crap.

The second article is from CNN.com and has five things you might not know about olive oil. They almost lose me right away when they say that the Mediterranean Diet is good for your heart because of olive oil…and only olive oil? They don’t say that but that is what is implied. How about the fewer processed foods in the Mediterranean Diet and that they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables? That is probably a good reason why they have fewer heart conditions, don’t you think?

Other than that there isn’t really a lot in that article about how olive oil makes you healthier. The first and last item are centered on healthy while the middle three items are about the product, how to store it and how much we buy in the US (should it really be surprising that Americans buy a lot of anything? I mean, we spend a lot of money around here).

Take some kale or sweet potatoes, toss them in olive oil and salt and bake. You have yourself two pretty freaking healthy and tasty snacks.

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