I struggle with being concise, so I’m excited that this is probably my shortest article ever!
This past Thursday a client of mine who read my recently published book, The 3/4 Rule – How To Eat As A Young Athlete, had a question. “How come when you talk about how to read nutrition labels, you talk about how much fiber, but not how much sugar?” Whenever I get a question about omission of something in my work, my first reflex is to freeze – deer in the headlights. Inside I am thinking, ‘how did I miss that? How did I overlook something so obvious? Why wouldn’t I address sugar?’ Then, I relax a bit and think, ‘wait a minute, I’m very detailed and usually have a reason why I did or did not do something. And typically, it’s a good reason.
So here is my reasoning… The chapter which teaches about nutrition labels is called, “Whole Grains and The Fiber Rule.” Its purpose is to help you identify what is a nutritionally dense whole grain versus multi-grain, stone ground, wheat, 8 grains, wheat flour, etc. Sugar is not part of this equation. Why? It is not necessary to look at or worry about the sugar content if it is a true whole grain product. Following the fiber rule automatically ensures that your whole grain source is low in sugar. Simply put, the higher the fiber, the lower the sugar. Whole grains, fiber and high sugar rarely coexist.
This is another example of why following a powerful nutrition model like The 3/4 Rule simplifies your dietary decisions. Simply follow The 3/4 Rule Rule and you automatically create balanced meals as it is in the nature of its design.