Trail snacking

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing 

    The Govt just announced this new labeling process for packaged foods. It got me thinking. When I hike Half Dome I bring 7 Powerbars, a baggie of beef jerky and a baggie of trail mix.  So I wondered. What else could I bring instead?   Here’s there results of my $10M study:

Food A = 320 calories, 20 gram FAT, 320 mg sodium, 105 mg potassium, 32 g carbs, 3 g protein.

Food B = 120 calories, 3 gram FAT, 200 mg sodium, 290 mg potassium, 32 g carbs, 2 g protein.

Food C = 240 calories, 3.5 gram FAT, 200 mg sodium, 105 mg potassium, 35 g carbs, 8 g protein.

     So to the layman (me) they all look about the same. The amounts are in one serving. Food A leads in fat content, but don’t we need fat for long term energy? Are you ready for the reveal? Food A is Fritos, Food B is Ruffles Baked chips and Food C is a Powerbar Gosh.

    While we are at it, I tend to drink Diet soda. 2-3 per day, thinking I don’t need the sugar. Now a study comes out that says in middle-aged adults, consumption of just one or more soft drinks per day seemed to increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by about 50 percent – whether the drink was artificially sweetened or not. When compared to those who drank fewer than one soft drink daily, participants who drank one or more a day had about a 30 percent greater risk of developing new-onset diabetes, strokie, being overweight and having low levels of good cholesterol. Dang.

    If you haven’t been to my website lately, I want to tell you that I’ve added some more products in the STORE. I got in a new shipment of T-Shirts and also now have a neat DVD of my “Half Dome – A Historical Perspective” talk. PayPal works. Click <HERE Operators are standing by. Yosey needs dog food!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: You know the day destroys the night. Night divides the day. Tried to run, tried to hide – Break on through to the other side.” – The Doors

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


2 Responses to “Trail snacking”

  1. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    from your neighborhood statistician:

    be careful of associations found in observational studies.

    in spite of what David Hume says in his philosophical writings, association is NOT causation.

    it’s now thought that people who keep their weight low but carry fat in their truck (body trunk, that is) are still at higher risks for all sorts of bad things cardiovascular and to Type II diabetes.

    if people keep their weight down by consuming diet soda but don’t exercise, they can very well be in trouble health-wise.

    low soda drinkers may very well eat more fruits and veggies and engage in more of lots of other health-promoting behaviors.

    so, Mr. HD, keep on hiking, and enjoy the diet soda in moderation.

    (full disclosure: I typically consume 2 – 3 cans of coke zero a day, too. I try to keep it no more than that, and to keep my water bottle handy, but I’m also going for the caffeine!)

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Yes, studies are studies…unless it’s a large sample with double blind parameters…and who knows in a year another study will dispute this…Reminds me of the old Woody Allen movie where he is in the future and they find out that smoking is actually good for you.

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