Why I support Fast Food

McDonald’s. Wendy’s. Burger King. Zaxby’s. Taco Bell. Culver’s. Bojangles. Dairy Queen. Krispy Kreme. In-N-Out. Starbucks. Whataburger. Chick fil A. Pizza Hut.

There are hundreds of fast food chains out there….

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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!

 

Milk and Cheese, Similar..Yet So Different

Check out the nutrition labels below taken from 1% milk and white cheddar cheese cubes.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beans and Oatmeal have WHAT in common?

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Pretty much EVERYTHING. Take a look at the nutrition labels below (taken from Old Fashion Quaker Oats and Eden Food Pinto Beans, respectively).

Oatmeal on the left, Beans on the Right
Oatmeal on the left, Beans on the Right

For both, a half cup serving is a little over 100 calories, a few grams of fat, no sodium, around 5 grams of fiber and protein, and about 10% iron!

Crazy! If you enjoy that nice, hearty, filling sensation of oatmeal for breakfast, you can probably can the same energy and satisfaction from a serving of beans as well!

Try this little experiment: find foods similar in nutrition and then switch up your diet! Life is fun when we have variety. Variety is the spice of life!!

Now tell us below in the comments, which foods have you discovered with similar nutrition labels?