Apple or Ice Cream? The Mechanics of a Healthy Choice

September 30, 2014 7:01 PM

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You've been trying to lose some weight, but you also get hungry for a snack in the evening. So imagine you go to the kitchen to check out your options, and you find apples and pears. You may have a slight preference one way or the other, but you are not going to agonize too much over this decision. Both are tasty, and even relatively healthful.

But what if your options are a pear and a bowl of chocolate ice cream? Now you've got a real choice to make, because you're no longer comparing, well, apples and pears. The pear is clearly better for you than ice cream, no doubt of that, but the taste and richness of that ice cream is pulling you. Y...

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