Are there Carbs in Milk? What about Cheese?

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.

Now back to the point of this post.  Continue reading “Are there Carbs in Milk? What about Cheese?”

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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?

 

COOKIES everyday

Cookies everyday, and that is a-ok! Screenshot 2014-12-22 22.12.32

What are cookies anyway? They are NOT bad foods. Unfortunately we’ve attached this moral value to cookies as things which should make us feel guilty. But fortunately, YOU can help change that!

Cookies are not bad for you. Make your own and you’ll see that cookies are nothing but pure deliciousness and nutritiousness baked into a convenient grab and go form.

Made up of mostly carbs (flours and sugar) and fat (butter), cookies are perfect if you need a quick sugar spike, some fuel for before a workout, or just some extra nutrients for the day. We need to stop viewing foods as good or bad, but rather just vehicles for varying amounts of certain nutrients.

Share the love, share nutrition education, and share cookies! Happy holidays!!! What is your favorite kind of cookie?

 

Is there Pumpkin in that Starbucks drink?

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?

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (taken from starbucks.com)
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (taken from starbucks.com)

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!

So what exactly is in a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte?

Answer: WE DON’T (exactly) KNOW!! Starbucks does not list the ingredients on their web page.

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.

Sugar cubes

We can’t tell you to what to consume, but we can present the nutritional facts.

Another blogger has posted some further research into the ingredients list.

Whether you choose to drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte or not, you should be happy with your choice. If you decide you are fine without it, then don’t.

If you want to drink one, then savor it. Savor the taste, and envision the nutrients nourishing your body, giving you life and energy!

Please don’t food-shame!

HAPPY FALL!!!! Happy Pumpkin Season! Now tell us, should Starbucks be required to list the ingredients in its drinks?

 

What is a Mooncake? And is it nutritious?

This is a mooncake.
This is a mooncake.
Cross-section of a lotus paste mooncake (with egg yolk)
Cross-section of a lotus paste mooncake (with egg yolk)

Happy Mooncake day!

Soooooo…What is a mooncake?

Quite simply- it is a Chinese pastry, usually filled with lotus paste, and eaten on Mid-Autumn Festival.

Check out the nutrition label below!

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Since mooncakes are primarily flour, lotus paste, sugar, and egg yolk–they offer plenty of carbohydrates and fat. and a few other things of course. Explore the picture above to get an idea of what you are consuming when you celebrate this ancient Chinese holiday!

And to answer that other question: Are mooncakes nutritious?

….the answer is..without-a-doubt YES! Because ALL foods have nutrients!!

Do you even know what High Fructose Corn Syrup is?

….Well, do you? What do you truly know about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? What have you heard about it?

HFCS. (picture credit: pacifichealthlabs.com)
HFCS. (picture credit: pacifichealthlabs.com)

You probably have heard this– AVOID HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!

HFCS will kill you.

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Will it though? Is HFCS really bad for us??

Positive Eats says.. NO. Because no foods are bad, remember?

But how many times have you heard from other people, or read in magazines to avoid foods containing HFCS? Perhaps you even dismiss all foods that may contain this seemingly dreadful ingredient. But before you go spreading propaganda to your friends, do some research and choose to spread knowledge instead.

The thing is, HFCS is not much different from regular table sugar. Table sugar is about 50% fructose and 50% glucose. HFCS is about 55% fructose and 45% glucose.

Fructose (think fruit) and glucose (think cereal grains) are both naturally occurring sugars.

There have been no definitive studies showing our bodies metabolize HFCS differently than regular sugar.

hfcs
Many packaged sweets have HFCS. This means they contain a lot of sugar. Is sugar bad? No. But too much sugar is part of an UNbalanced diet.

A truth that we do know, and can personally observe, is that many packaged foods contain HFCS. Pop-tarts for instance have HFCS. And you will see clearly on the nutrition label that they have 14 g of sugar per serving (HFCS contributes to this of course). On average, men should have about 37.5 grams of added sugars daily, and women about 25 grams.

Sugar is not bad. In fact, it is a form of carbohydrate and we need it for energy. Just be sure not to overdo it. 😉

Be  aware of the nutrition in the foods you are eating, and make sure you have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and essential vitamins and minerals.

Whether you choose to consume HFCS or not, do not fear it. Do not label it as bad. Do not fear any foods. Do not label any foods. Foods are there to nourish our bodies. The healthiest thing we can do is to be aware of nutrition when we eat, and to help educate others so they may make their own food decisions. Everyone has the right to food education. You cannot tell someone what or what not to eat, but you can help educate on how different foods serve as different vehicles of nutrition.

Happy Eating and go tell someone the truth about HFCS today! (In case you forgot..the truth is that HFCS is NOT BAD!! But it IS a sugar. And there are general guidelines for how much sugar we should eat in order to maintain a healthy body. :D)

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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Milk
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Cheese

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!