Which kind of beer has the most iron?

We’ve published a few posts on the nutrients in beer, but today we’re going to talk about Beer and Iron. It is estimated that only 65-70 % of Americans get enough iron in their diet, and women (because of menstruation) are particularly prone to low levels of this essential mineral.

A study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, examined 40 different beers, and found that heavier, darker beers have almost 50% more iron than light beers.

The darker the beer, the more iron!
The darker the beer, the more iron!

A pint of Guinness has about 0.3 mg of iron, and the recommended daily intake for the “average” adult is around 10 mg per day…so while beer is not the highest source of iron in the grand scheme of foods, if you’re thinking about this particular nutrient when our drinking with friends, consider getting some of the dark stuff! 😀

Cheers!

White or Wheat? The Answer May Surprise You.

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– Does White Bread or Whole Wheat Bread have more Folic Acid (a.k.a vitamin B9)?

– Which has more Riboflavin (aka vitamin B2)?

Niacin (aka vitamin B3)?

Thiamine (aka vitamin B1)?

– Which kind of bread has more Iron?

To find the answers, take a look at some nutritional info from Pepperidge Farm’s bread. Notice anything surprising??

The white bread most often has the same, or more B vitamins and iron than the whole wheat bread! Why is that??

Well, the answer lies in the type of flour used to make the bread. Most white bread in the US is made from enriched flour. In fact, there is mandatory legislation in place in the US to fortify flour with at least folic acid or iron.

Does this mean that white bread is better than whole wheat? No. One type of bread is not inherently better than another. Just like for any food. One cannot justify any food being “better” or “worse” than any other. Everything depends on the individual and the situation.

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Let’s promote nutrition education instead of judgement and health propaganda. The choice to eat or not to eat something is up to YOU. Do your research, understand the nutrition, and then eat.  And move on with life. Food fuels us and should only exist as positive influences in our lives.

Now whether you choose White bread or Whole Wheat bread for your sandwich today, know the nutrients you are getting, and which ones you are not. Enjoy your lunch, and remember this: There are no bad foods! (only bad relationships with food!)

Happy Eating!!

This one skill can save your life

Cooking.

Learn how to cook and you are learning the nutritional makeup of all your favorite foods. Remember, different foods are just different vehicles for different nutrition.

Love pie? Bake one from scratch and see what goes in it.

Meatballs? Try to make ’em.

Pizza lover? Make one at home.

Once you learn the basic ingredients of various foods or meals, you’ll understand the nutrients inside them.

Read recipes for homemade ketchup, marshmallows, beer, ice cream, mayonnaise. Does anything surprise you?

Knowing the ingredients in foods will help you make better decisions on what to consume for optimal happiness and health!

Nutrition education is power. Happy cooking!