Archive for ‘Food’

June 1, 2010

Another Interesting Nutrition Fact

“The human body contains and estimated 30,000 different kinds of proteins. Of these, about 3,000 have been studied, although with the recent surge in knowledge gained from sequencing the human genome, this number is growing rapidly.”

Understanding Nutrition, 11th Ed., pg. 187; Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes

May 31, 2010

Interesting Nutrition Fact

Switched study subjects today. I get to work on my nutrition class. I have a couple chapters to read before Wednesday, and I have to make food diary and a couple other weird projects. Cool stuff to post later. Anyways, I was reading in the textbook and found out an interesting nutrition fact I had never known.

“”Good cholesterol” is not a type of cholesterol found in foods, but it refers to the way the body transports cholesterol in the blood….. Sterols [compounds containing a four ring carbon structure with any of a variety of side chains attached] other than cholesterol are naturally found in all plants. Being structurally similar to cholesterol, these plant sterols interfere with cholesterol absorption, thus lowering blood cholesterol levels.”

— Understanding Nutrition, 11th Ed., pg. 146; Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes

May 25, 2010

Drink This, Not That

This is so cool.  It almost makes me want to go buy the book. Borders posted this cool little tidbit on Facebook. Most entertaining to me is the coffee part. I love macchiatos. They’re my favorite coffee.


Drink This, Not That

by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding


Drink This
Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Creme Iced Latte (16 oz)

260 calories
9 g fat
40 g sugars

Not That
Starbucks 2% Iced Dulce de Leche Latte (16 oz)

420 calories
16 g fat
52 g sugars

In the hierarchy of espresso drinks, lattes sit squarely at the bottom. That’s because they’re more milk than java, and are susceptible to huge pumps of sugary syrup from eager-to-please baristas. A macchiato gives the same caffeine kick for a tiny fraction of the caloric cost by swapping out the excess steamed milk for a thick crown of frothed milk. It’s a simple but meaningful switch for caffeine junkies looking for a healthier fix.


Drink This

126 calories
10 g carbohydrates

Not That
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

175 calories
12 g carbohydrates

Surprised? Most people think of Guinness as a beer milkshake: dark, thick, and rich enough to induce tremors of guilt in thirsty partakers. But a 12-ounce serving is as low in calories as some watery light beer selections and can save you up to 50 calories over other full-flavored brews like Sierra Nevada. Part of that comes from the alcohol percentage: Guinness has 4 percent alcohol, and the Pale Ale has 6 percent. Switch out a six-pack a week and you’ve just saved yourself nearly 7 pounds this year.


Drink This
Minute Maid Fruit Falls Tropical

5 calories
1 g sugars

Not That
Capri Sun Pacific Cooler

100 calories
26 g sugars

Make this switch in the little ones’ lunchboxes every day of the school year, and you’ll cut 25 cups of sugar?enough to make 1,600 chocolate chip cookies?from their diet. But, still, I have to give Capri some credit: They recently announced that beginning this spring, they’ll be cutting the sugar and calorie content of their namesake beverage by 25 percent. When asked why, a Capri Sun rep said that parents more than ever are looking for healthier choices that their kids will like. I couldn’t agree more, and it’s hopefully the beginning of an important sea change in the types of foods and beverages companies market to our kids.