Eggplants are rich in what nutrients?

Helllllooo Positive Eaters! Sorry it has been a while since the last post, but we are doing a little re-vamping of the site and mission.

But in the spirit of keeping up with the nutrition blog, here is a beautiful picture of baby eggplants from the farmers’ market. And that begs the important question: What health benefits and nutrition do eggplants offer us? Does anyone know? Please comment on the post and share some nutrition facts about the eggplant! It is a mysterious vegetable often overlooked!

Beautiful baby eggplants. What are the nutrients in eggplants?
Beautiful baby eggplants. What are the nutrients in eggplants?

WHAT IS CORNED BEEF??

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and our mouths are watering for some corned beef and cabbage. But what exactly is Corned Beef?

First off, it has NOTHING to do with corn (on the cob)!!

Corned beef and cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage

Corned beef got its name from an old English word, “Corn”, which refers to large grains, or “corns” of rock salt, which were used to preserve and prevent from spoiling the large chunks of beef brisket. (FYI random knowledge: BRISKET is the underside chest or breast of the cow).

Today we usually brine the beef brisket in salt and flavorings (also including lots of spices and peppercorns), and then boiling the beef to cook it before serving.

What about nutrition in corned beef?

Since it is brined (aka soaked in salty salty water), there is A LOT of sodium in corned beef–about 1000 mg per 3 oz serving. Doctors recommend about 2500 mg sodium per day on average. Aside from salt, there is also a lot of protein and fat (about 15 grams each) in a serving. Given that it is beef, you are also getting about 10% iron from a 3 oz serving! Cool!

Now that you know the general ingredients and nutrition in corned beef, you can make the proper decisions to guide your own healthy eating plan! Remember, there are no bad foods if you eat with awareness and knowledge of nutritional content!! HAPPY ST. PATTY’S!!!!

It’s time for Red Wine!

Red Wine, like all other alcoholic beverages, does not include a nutrition label.

This is because alcoholic beverages are regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), rather than the FDA. The TTB does not require nutrition labeling.

So how does one figure out the nutrition in a drink such as Red Wine?

Do you know the nutrition in Red Wine?

A simple internet search of course!

On average, a 5-6 oz (one serving size) glass of red wine will have about 150 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates (roughly 2% RDA), 6% RDA Potassium, 5% Iron, and about 1% Calcium! Neat!

It is also helpful to know that the basic ingredients in red wine are grapes, sugar, and yeast. The potassium in wine may come from the soil where the grapes are harvested from.

Do some research on the web to find out about the nutritional info of your favorite alcoholic beverage. Are you surprised by anything? Do you think drinks should include a nutritional label to help us make the best health decisions? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Potato Chips’ Nutritional Secret!

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WRONG.

Remember, THERE ARE NO BAD FOODS!!!!!

When we learn about nutrition, we learn that we control our health by deciding what we eat. Now, let’s talk potato chips.

We’ve talked a lot about potatoes here on the Positive Eats blog. But it about time we visit our friend, the Potato Chip.

What’s in a chip? Nothing much actually! A potato chip is really just a few ingredients– potatoes, oil, and salt. Check out Lay’s Classic Potato Chips.

You may notice that Lay’s chips literally have the three ingredients listed above. Potatoes, oil, salt.

Today we are going to focus once again on the POTATO. What is the nutritional secret of a potato? LOTS OF THINGS. But the main thing is..POTATOES HAVE LOTS OF VITAMIN C.

Vitamin C?? YES. Vitamin C. Oh and also Vitamin B6. But more on that another day.

10% daily Vitamin C from a single serving of potato chips (about 15 chips). Amazing.

Think about THAT next time you are crunching on some chips! Happy eating!!

The Importance of Candy

Why is candy so important? Let us list the reasons:

1) IT IS DELICIOUS! And therefore it makes us happy. So therefore it is important.
2) It is CONVENIENT. Put a piece in your purse, some at the office, some in the car. Candy is a convenient food item to have on hand, and if there’s anything we need in our lives, it is easier living.
3) It is INSTANT ENERGY. Candy is basically a bunch of sugar in some shape or form. Sugar means CARBOHYDRATES. We need carbohydrates to live. Candy is quick FUEL for our bodies.
4) It is SYMBOLIC. Symbolic of love, gratitude, holidays, celebrations. When there is a good thing happening, candy is around.

Candy is not bad. It is simply a food vehicle of lots of carbohydrates.
Candy is not bad. It is simply a food vehicle of lots of carbohydrates.

So why has candy gotten such a bad rap? Why is it on every “junk food” list and why must we hide it from ourselves and our kids so we don’t eat it??

It is ALL propaganda!!! We’ve been told from the moment we were born that candy is bad. Candy is only for when we’ve been “good”. We need to ban candy from school vending machines. Candy will rot your teeth and cause obesity. Candy is to blame for our bad health.

Well, Positive Eats has something to say: CANDY IS NOT BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Candy has been misrepresented in our society today. To say candy is inherently evil is like saying kale is a nutrition god. Candy has nutrients (namely carbohydrates) to offer our bodies, just like any other food.

Chocolate candy has different nutrients than fruit candies.
Chocolate candy has different nutrients than fruit candies.

Instead of spreading propaganda and labeling foods as good or bad, let’s take a moment and remind ourselves that a healthy diet is about balancing nutrients. Let’s take a step bad and look at food objectively. Different foods are just different vehicles of nutrition.

It would not be wise (or possible) to live off just candy for the rest of our lives, just like we couldn’t survive eating just broccoli. So how much of each food item and nutrients is necessary for good health? GOOD QUESTION!! This is why we need to spread NUTRITION EDUCATION!!!!! Then we can CHOOSE, and EAT, and LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

So we ask all you Positive Eaters–does candy have a place in your diet? Why or why not? What is the nutrition in your favorite candy?

 

Do eggs have iron??

Do eggs have iron?

Eggs have many nutrients, but not that much iron!
Eggs have many nutrients, but not that much iron!

Hmmmmmmm.. For some reason we get this question a lot here at Positive Eats. And the answer is, while eggs are a nutrient powerhouse, there are other foods that are much better sources of iron.

Eggs contain <0.1 mg of iron each. We need on average about 8-10 mg of iron per day to maintain high energy levels and brain function.

So if you’re looking for a lot of iron..know that eggs contain a little bit..but there are other foods that are richer, such as meats, green veggies, beans, and cocoa ๐Ÿ˜€

If you're looking for iron, a dark chocolate egg may be a better option!
If you’re looking for iron, a dark chocolate egg may be a better option!

Interesting! Now pass this nutritional education on to a friend!!