Before I have my little rant I want to point out that in general I absolutely love SW. It's helped me to lose 3st 11lbs in 6 months, without feeling hungry or deprived, so I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for sustainable and healthy weight loss. Sometimes though I think the SW plan has to be taken with a pinch of salt and good dollop of common sense.
This morning I made pancakes with just 2 eggs and a banana. It was the first time I've tried this recipe after seeing it online, and as I've never cooked any kind of fruit before I thought it was syn free, apparently not. As I'm cooking the banana it's 5 syns.
I completely get that when fruit is mashed or cooked it loses its volume and isn't as filling, so you can eat more and it needs a syn value. Fair enough, I guess cooking fruit isn't optimising the calories and uncooked fruit will satisfy you more. But if you're still eating the same amount of fruit as you'd have raw, does it really matter? Calories wise everything is the same after all and that's what really matters when it comes to weight loss.
This isn't really the bit which bugs me though, I can see why SW has to protect people's weight loss by not allowing them to eat unlimited smoothies/OJ/pancakes. BUT what I DON'T agree with is when I get told about a 'syn free alternative' that's incredibly unhealthy in comparison! Now just so you can see here are the ingredients in the 2 pancake recipes:
1. 2 eggs and a banana - 5 syns
2. 1 egg, 6 tablespoons of sweetener, vanilla extract - syn free (Slimming World Syn Free Pancakes! | Baking Bad)
Does anyone else see the problem here?!! I mean bloody hell, SIX TABLESPOONS of SWEETENER! I'm sure anyone would agree that recipe 1 is a million times healthier than the second one, yet is has 5 syns as oppose to none!
Now I'm no nutritionist, but anyone can see the first recipe contains healthy natural ingredients and the second has such a high aspartame content it'd send our blood sugar levels crazy. So why is it syn free? With pancake day just around the corner I imagine loads of people will be trying this syn free recipe and missing out on a much healthier alternative.
Just my two-penneth anyway! I'm not so much annoyed about having to syn the banana pancake, just the comparative unhealthiness of the syn free one! Overall the plan is great, but things like this make me question the logic of it sometimes... It'd be interesting to hear what people think!