A zero is a number not a letter. Some people find this confusing. It seems like an odd conception prone to error. In trying to map a healthy lifestyle, there are many zeros. We perceive they mean the same. They don’t. For example, there is a mathematical zero – pure in essence. Then there is a dietary 0 that may not be pure at all. Dietary 0 may actually be harmful.
Zero, specifically the number 0. is a primal state. Whether divided by, added to, subtracted from, or multiplied with zero, Thee answer is always 0. What isn’t xero is dietary 0. Dietary 0 hardly ever compares with numeric 0. Dietary 0 is often a much larger number.
I asked several managers. All indicated staff were all vegans. If one was not s/he had to eat off premises. The chances of polluting a vegan dining area was zero. Is it a dietary 0? As long as it’s not mixed with the food is the general wisdom
According to FDA guidelines, “http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm064911.htm”>any food Less than 0.5 g per RACC and per labeled serving (or for meals and main dishes, less than 0.5 g per labeled serving) is considered dietary 0.
Of course, key phrase is per serving. Servings are noted on FDA dietary nutrition labels that are usually found on all packaged foods. Eating multiple servings change dietary 0 to higher numbers and values. What may seem to have 0 fat per serving may add up to a few grams of fat.
It is easy. Suppose you make a sandwich using fat-free dairy or soy cheese. One slice is a serving. A sandwich with 4 slices delivers about 2 grams of fat from fat-free cheese.
In my article on artificial sweeteners, 0 calories isn’t necessarily calories. Calories relate to sugars and starches. Artificial sweeteners are not considered as calories. They may raise blood sugar levels. They may also be seen as “sugar” by body sensors. This triggers insulin flow. Because artificial sweeteners aren’t included as calories, they also may not be truly dietary 0.
Drinking water is dietary zero. Clear sport drinks and diet drinks are likely not to be dietary 0. They may contain artificial sweeteners, They may actually work against the hydrating properties of pure water or sparkling water or seltzer.
Dietary 0 is deceptive with fat and cholesterol. Finding low fat and low cholesterol foods have quantifiable statistics. Understand that meat, fish, cheeses have high fats and cholesterol values. Any product that has these is not dietary 0 as far as fat free or cholesterol free.
Foods such as fruits and vegetables deliver dietary 0 fat but have sugars and starches that add calories. Unused calories are metabolized as fat.
Some fruits and vegetables are made into oils that may be fatty but claim to be healthier fat distributions. Yet total fat may be high @ 22% RDA per serving.
Considering food products that are fat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, and calorie-free are not innocuous invitations to indulge on eating sprees.
Sometimes freedom (especially dietary freedom) may be littered with deceptions and obstacles. Understanding your dietary needs and servings, like freedom, are drenched with responsibilities. There are no zeros or free passes. Dietary 0 is a marketing ploy to appeal to simplicity. The art and science of eating right and right for you and your health.
Hire a competent nutritionist as your guide. Micromanage your lifestyles from how and what you eat, your activities, and needs. Avoid dietary 0 foods. Dietary 0 is often the direct opposition of what mathematical zero is meant to be. Dietary 0 is far worse than 0.