Mmmmmmm Mac and Cheese. Who doesn’t love it?
The beauty of this dish is that it is such a cinch to put together, and such a crowd-pleaser.
Examine this Kraft Macaroni & Cheese nutrition label to get an idea of the nutrients in this delicious concoction.
But even if you don’t look at a nutrition label, knowing the main ingredients of any recipe can help you estimate nutritional content.
So let’s look at these four ingredients: Macaroni, Cheese, Milk, and Butter. What nutrients do they offer?
1) Macaroni (aka an elbow shaped pasta) is usually made of enriched flour. This means it is made from fortified wheat flour that contains many B vitamins and iron. And since it is made from flour, this means it is a carb! Our body loves and NEEDS carbohydrates.
2) Cheese is a processed dairy product, meaning it contains protein, calcium, fat, and sodium. Oh and since it is an animal food product, it contains the essential vitamin B-12!! Remember, B-12 is mostly only found in animal food products.
3) Milk is ..milk. Usually, the kind we consume comes from cows. And even though milk is used to make cheese, there are some key nutritional differences.
Phew! What a wonderful list of nutrition from our friend, Mac and Cheese. Remember to learn about the proper nutrition for YOUR body, and to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients in your diet. Undernourishment, overnourishment, and malnourishment are no bueno.
Mac and Cheese can absolutely be part of a healthy diet once we understand the nutrients it offers! Look at the nutrition labels on mac and cheese ingredients to see what you’re consuming. And remember, recipes can be tweaked to fit your diet! That is why learning how to cook is essential in life. Happy Mac’ing!