Carbohydrates, simply put, are our body’s main source of energy. We need carbs to function and for our brain to think clearly! Recommended daily allowance is about 130 grams of carbs per day for the “average” person. Check with your doctor or do some research online to figure out a good balance for your body.
October means Fall, which really means—hellllllo Pumpkin EVERYTHING. But the one thing that is most frequently associated with the changing of the seasons is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.
Do you like ’em?
Well if you do drink the occasional (or every-day-until-next-fall) Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, make sure you understand its nutrition!!
Because once you understand the nutrition of the foods you are consuming, you will see that there are no bad foods! All foods offer nutrition. And with knowledge of nutrition, we can make the best choices for our bodies and well-being! 😀 😀 Knowledge is power! And we can share our knowledge with our friends and loved ones..so they can make the best choices for their bodies!
However, they do list nutritional info. And we can see that in the 16 oz, 2% milk, whipped cream topped pumpkin spice latte–there are 13 g of fat, 49 g of SUGAR, 14 g of protein, 15% Vitamin A, and 50% Calcium.
One thing that stands out from this list is the whopping 49 grams of sugar. That is A LOT of sugar!!! Which is not a BAD thing! Sugar is NOT bad! But we need to make educated choices. Recommended sugar intake is around 25 grams per day.
We can’t tell you to what to consume, but we can present the nutritional facts.
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.
4) Butter. butter butter butter. So yummy, and so nutritious! Check out why it is great to include some butter in our diets. (Hint: Butter is a Fat. And we NEED fats!)
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!
Check out the nutrition labels below taken from 1% milk and white cheddar cheese cubes.
When you look at the ingredients list, you can see that both are made from milk. (The milk carton also has vitamin D added because most milk in the USA is fortified with vitamin D.)
So let’s ignore the vitamin D since we know that is an added fortificant.
If both are milk products, the nutritional info must be the same right?? HMmmm.
Well for one thing, both have similar amounts of calcium.
But let’s look at and discuss the three MACROnutrients: Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates.
– The cheese has more fat because this particular kind was not made from skim milk. Ok makes sense.
– Protein levels are similar as well. Cool. Still makes sense.
But let’s look at the carbohydrates.This is the most shocking difference!Why does regular milk have a a whopping 12 g of carbohydrates per serving and cheese have practically NONE??
??????????????Why does milk have SUGAR and cheese NOT????????????????????
Well, my friends, this is due to the sugar, Lactose, which is present in milk but not most cheeses. Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar in milk, kind of like fructose is the naturally occurring sugar in fruits.
When making cheese, the lactose is converted into something entirely different. The fermentation process in cheesemaking practically gets rid of all the lactose. And the longer the cheese ages, the less lactose it has! So for all those lactose intolerant people.. cheese may be A-OK!
So what does this all mean? This means that milk has carbohydrates, while most cheeses do not! Carbohydrates are our bodies primary source of energy, but some people may need to monitor their carbohydrate intake more than others. For example: endurance athletes, diabetics, etc.
Make sure to keep this nutritional fact in mind! And help share the education! Please comment below if you know any other foods that are made from similar ingredients yet have different nutritional properties!! 😀 Happy Learning!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!! Whether you are taking Mom out for Sunday brunch, or cooking at home, French Toast is a surefire way to make any mom happy. Crispy, eggy, drizzled in maple syrup, a touch of butter, how can you go wrong? You can’t!!!! Besides being a delicious meal, it is also VERY nutritious!!
French toast was originally created to “revive” old stale bread by soaking it in a mixture of eggs and milk, and then pan frying it with some butter. Today we enjoy it ALL THE TIME–stale bread, fresh bread, any kind of bread..we LOVE french toast!!
It is truly a great way to fuel your body for the day. Why? Let’s focus on the three macronutrients–carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Bread and maple syrup provide lots of energy due to high concentrations of carbohydrates (which is our body’s main source of energy).
Eggs and dairyhave a high concentrations of protein (what most of our body is made of!), along with some fat.
Butter is essentially just fat, which we need for fat-soluable vitamins (D, E, A, and K)!
USDA recommends a diet with ratio ranges of about 45-65% carbs, 15-35% protein, and 20-35% fat.
If you do the math (or if you just estimate;), French Toast is theperfect balance of the three macronutrients. Mostly carbohydrates, and then some protein and fat! In food terms–mostly bread, some milk and eggs, and some butter! Syrup just adds plenty more carbohydrates, which is great for your body especially if you are consuming french toast in the morning. Carbs are not bad! Carbs = ENERGY!!!!
Why? Because when you break it down, it really just is milk and sugar. Milk and sugar.
Cows and plants. Both provide us with great amounts of nutrients! Let’s take a closer look:
Cow’s milk is a dairy product and an EXCELLENT source of calcium, which is an essential mineral for a strong, healthy skeleton and teeth. Calcium is important for us to maintain bone density, ESPECIALLY for women as we are at a higher risk for osteoporosis. If we do not get enough calcium, our body strips it away from our bones (NOT good!).
Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products (plant foods do not contain Vitamin B12, unless they are fortified), so its no surprise that ice cream can provide a good supply of this micronutrient! It is important for making DNA, healthy red blood cells, and supporting our nervous system. Vitamin B12 deficiency is bad, bad, bad.
Now I could go on and on about the benefits of milk, but let’s move on to the other main ingredient of ice cream–that delicious, sweet SUGAR!
The majority of the sugar we eat comes from the sugar cane, a giant bamboo-like plant.
Scientifically, table sugar is known as sucrose, a molecule made up of two simpler sugars, fructose and glucose. Sugars fall into the macronutrient group– carbohydrates.
Why does our body need carbs?
FOR ENERGY!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
Sugar gets converted into glucose and is readily absorbed by our cells to give us an instant lift. We NEED sugar to survive, and for our brains to function at optimal levels!
Next time you have a scoop of ice cream, think about all the STRENGTH and ENERGY you have consumed, and go show the world what you are made of! (strong bones!) 😀
And now I will ask an irrelevant, but relevant question: What’s your favorite flavor??