I’m only a few days into the Winter semester but a few times already I’ve found myself jotting down little tidbits of interesting info to relay to my mom and Josh. So today I thought I’d share a few for the sake of my fellow nutrition nerds!
I feel like I’m really starting to get to the “meat” of my dietetics degree this semester and I hope it’s alright that I plan (and am really excited) to take you guys along for the ride.
Without further ado, a few little bites of info!
scrambled egg // banana oatmeal muffin with Sunbutter // skim milk
1. Why They Say to Make “Half Our Grains Whole”
Have you ever heard the tagline “Make Half Your Grains Whole”? I’ve heard it more times than I can count – often from government-based guidelines – and figured that it was probably just worded that way (as opposed to aiming for ALL grains to be whole) to ensure the public didn’t get discouraged by a goal too lofty. But there’s a bit more to the story.
Refined grains are fortified with a whole host of nutrients that they get stripped of during processing. And while MOST of these added nutrients are naturally found in whole grains, folate isn’t one of them. So while refined grains (like white flour) provide us with folic acid, whole grains do NOT. I was so fascinated by this fact!
mary’s gone crackers // mashed avocado // quinoa tabbouleh // steamed broccoli
2. Artificial Sweeteners and Gut Flora
I certainly knew that artificial sweeteners didn’t have a GOOD rep but I couldn’t have really told you why they were frowned upon by so many. But last week our prof informed us that they’re suspected to have a role in altering gut microbiota. Here’s one study claiming so. If you haven’t heard much about gut microbiota, just know that it’s a really hot area of research and seems to becoming tied to more and more diseases.
So while I don’t want to simplify the complexity of artificial sweeteners (I’m sure there are many people devoting their lives to getting the full story about them), this info certainly doesn’t ease my pre-existing skepticism.
Post-lunch dark choc
3. Shifting Mentality of DRIs (Dietary Reference Intakes)
If you’re not familiar with the term, a Dietary Reference Intake is the value of a given nutrient that health organizations suggest you consume based on your age and sex. They have changed quite a bit over the years as research methods become more and more accurate. But up until now, they’ve been made with the mindset of simply making sure people aren’t DEFICIENT in the nutrient in question. For example, getting enough Vitamin D to prevent symptoms of rickets.
But today, in addition to preventing deficiencies, the framework is shifting so that DRIs also aim to prevent chronic illnesses (like cardiovascular disease). We live in an exciting time, my friends.
kefir with maple syrup
A “Fancy KD” pack that my mom gave to me. It’s tasty and I like the (relatively) short ingredient list!
On a completely different note, I would love it if you weighed in on a longstanding debate between Josh and me. I should preface it by saying that he is NOT picky and likes virtually everything (including mac and cheese and tuna). But he finds the fact that I put tuna IN my mac and cheese DISGUSTING. As in, he almost gags just from hearing that I ate it! ha
I would love to know your opinion: is this combo normal or repulsive to you?!
mac & cheese with tuna, peas, wilted spinach and pepper
tea and pumpkin seed chocolate bark
And for the first night since I can remember, I wasn’t hungry for a night-time snack so my little dessert capped off the day’s eats.
I hope you’re having a great week so far!!
Was any of this info new to you? Thoughts about it?
How do you feel about the mac & cheese and tuna combo?