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!

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It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!!

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!! 

There’s something about the combination of peanut butter and jelly smushed in between soft bread. It’s timeless. It is delicious. Oh and did we mention..It’s NUTRITIOUS!!!!!

Probably the best sandwich ever invented. (photo taken from cnn.com)
Probably the best sandwich ever invented. (photo taken from cnn.com)

So what nutrients does our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich offer?

Well, for one–PROTEIN! This comes from the peanuts (which is actually a “legume” or bean if you didn’t know!). And then there is FAT–this comes from the peanuts too. CARBOHYDRATES!–this comes from the jelly and bread, and a little from the peanuts.

Protein, fat, and carbohydrates are the three macronutrients we need for survival. We also need a balance of micronutrients–aka vitamins and minerals.

The classic PB&J also has many micronutrients to offer to our bodies as well. For example–iron (from the peanuts, and bread).

And the best part about the peanut butter jelly sandwich, is that is really is just a template for a thousand other delicious recipes that have a great balance of nutrition.

Almond butter and banana on a pita? YUM. Cashew spread and apple slices on ciabatta? Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal? The possibilities are endless!

Tell us- What is your favorite Peanut Butter and Jelly variation?

Beer and B12

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You’ve heard that vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods, but did you know that beer also contains vitamin B12?

In fact, beer is rich in many of the B vitamins!

It is often easy to overlook the vitamins and minerals in beer because most alcohol does not contain nutrition labels, which is why it is important to do research to see how beer is made and where those nutrients come from.

Let us know what you find, and please share with the Positive Eats community in the comments section below!

Frosted Flakes Are GR-R-REAT!!

ImageBright blue box, Tony the Tiger flashing a big thumbs up–Frosted Flakes cereal is without a doubt a children’s favorite in the cereal aisle. Falling into the same category as Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, and Cocoa Puffs.. these cereals unfortunately fall victim to labeling by health professionals as bad for our health.

But are they really so bad?? No! Because there are no bad foods. Let’s take a look at the nutrition in Frosted Flakes.

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taken from http://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/kelloggs-frosted-flakes-cereal.html

Just take a good, objective look at that nutrition label for a hot minute. Notice the nutrients. Look at the ingredients.

In the end..Frosted Flakes are really very simple. Corn flakes and sugar. And added vitamins/minerals. That’s all. And that’s the end of this post too.

Happy Breakfasting!! Do you like Frosted Flakes?