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Dear Hungry Girl,

What is the very best brand of turkey bacon in terms of taste and calorie content?  I won't give up my bacon!

--Bacon Chomper

Dear Bacon Chomper,

I don't blame you for craving a crispy strip of bacon every once in a while.  Bacon is the best!  Luckily, there are several light and satisfying options.  Jennie O's 95% Fat Free Turkey Bacon is delicious.  In fact, I think it tastes better than regular bacon!  It's lighter and less greasy.   The best part?  Just 20 calories per slice.  And for 30 calories a slice, you can try Applegate Farms Turkey Bacon.  Each nitrate-free strip packs in lots of protein and just 1 gram of fat. FYI - no matter what kind of eating plan you're on, turkey bacon is always a better option than the regular kind.  It has a fraction of the fat and calories.  P.S. - Less fat + less calories = less you! (Yes, I know it should "fewer" calories but it wasn't as cute.)

Dear Hungry Girl,

How can I keep from being hungry all the time?

--Growling in Grenada Hills

Dear Growling,

Wow!  An excellent question that surprisingly few people ask.  OK, just a heads up: I'm going to get a little technical here.  Don't be frightened, this is important stuff.  The best way to keep from feeling hungry is to, well, eat!  The trick is to eat diet-friendly foods that fill you up.  Your best bets are anything with lots of fiber (fiber makes you full) and also foods with a low Glycemic Index.  Foods with a low GI (under 55) produce a gradual rise in blood sugar.  High GI foods make blood sugar and insulin levels spike fast.  Even more relevant to your specific problem, foods that have a high GI can make you hungry again in no time, while foods with a low GI keep you feeling fuller longer.  Low GI foods include:  light yogurt, peaches, veggies, lean meats, legumes and low and non-fat cheese.  High GI foods are things like pretzels, baked potatoes and bagels.  Eat up -- just be smart about it! 

Today, October 13, is the National Peanut Festival.  Over half of all peanuts consumed in the U.S. are swallowed in the form of peanut butter.

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