American Bodies: Diet Recipes

It’s hard to understand why people with food issues just gobble up diet recipes. Don’t they know that spending hours in the kitchen trying to make tasty food without salt, sugar, butter, wine and cream is stress producing? And how do dieters deal with stress? Don’t ask.

Anyway, diet recipe books have always been a staple of the industry, the kind of profitable side dish that publishers give thanks for. Dieters buy them because they believe that there is something magical in the recipe beyond just some saved calories. Not logical, but….

Even though millions of cook books are sold, the facts are that home cooks typically prepare the same few dishes using familiar, trusted recipes. But this reality doesn’t deter dieters: they willingly shop for extra, unfamiliar ingredients. Spend too much time preparing and then tasting these complicated, untried recipes (the tastes don’t count in their daily allotment). But all of this effort to save calories is rewarded because you can then eat MORE!

Analysis note: In “saving” 110 calories, the skinny version has triple the carbs, an additional 280mg of sodium and half the protein. Fat-free Half-and-half is corn syrup followed by two thickening agents (carrageenan and guar gum)!

Is this an improvement, then? No, and what about the taste? While it may be acceptable, the problem is that it doesn’t taste anything like Fettuccine Alfredo! What follows the disappointment is more eating of something that satisfies. Hello Haagen-Dasz Double Chocolate Chip Fudge.