We have all heard that popcorn is the least fattening of the snacks to eat (probably because its less processed) but I wondered about digestion. Best article I found on Livestrong.com.....here is an excerpt, I've saved you time by underlining some key issues:
When food enters your digestive tract, it is converted into an absorbable nutrient. Some parts of popcorn are more easily absorbed than others. Popcorn is considered a whole-grain food source, meaning it contains the entire grain kernel. Whole grains are rich in minerals, vitamins and fiber, derived from the bran, endosperm and germ parts of the grain. While popcorn is naturally a low-calorie snack, adding butter, oil and other types of toppings increases the amount of calories and fat you consume.
Fiber in Popcorn
High-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, provide both soluble and insoluble fiber, but they usually have higher amounts of one over the other, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Popcorn is a source of insoluble fiber that travels through your gut relatively intact without breaking down. Insoluble fiber from popcorn sweeps through your digestive tract, pushing food along, increasing fecal bulk and keeping you regular. While fiber is an edible part of plant foods such as popcorn, it cannot be digested.
Fiber in the Diet
Women need 25 grams of dietary fiber daily, and men need as much as 38 grams, but the average diet in the United States only provides about half of these amounts. Increase your fiber intake by consuming the recommended 3 to 4 ounces or equivalents of grain servings daily. One serving of popcorn is equivalent to a 3-cup portion, reports MyPyramid.gov. Popcorn provides a little more than 1 gram of fiber per cup. If you are not used to consuming high-fiber foods, gradually increase your intake over a few weeks. Since fiber is not digested, adding too much fiber from popcorn and other sources all at one time can cause intestinal distress, such as gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
The NYT had a really inclusive article on all of this:
Alternative NamesWell-balanced diet
FunctionA well-balanced diet provides enough energy and nutrition for optimal growth and development.
Food SourcesMilk group (dairy products)
Meat and beans group
RecommendationsThe term "balanced" simply means that a diet meets your nutritional needs while not providing too much of any nutrients. To achieve a balanced diet, you must eat a variety of foods from each of the food groups. You will need to know:
New dietary guidelines from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) recommend fewer calories and smarter food choices. Some of the key recommendations:
ReferencesDietary Guidelines for Americans - 2005 . Washington, DC. US Dept of Health and Human Services and US Dept of Agriculture; 2005.
American Heart Association Nutrition Committee: Lichtenstein AH, Appel LJ, Brands M, Carnetho M, Daniels S, et al. Diet and lifestyle recommendations revision 2006: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. Circulation . 2006;114(1):82-96.
I found this from the National Center on Health Stats. Wow. Concerning that kids are at risk. All the more to focus on good eating habits for adults, better recipes, to "walk the talk" and show our kids. If you're an adult, think back: aren't most of your eating habits duplicates of what you ate as a kid? So many of our personality traits are determined early on. Instead of being only concerned with getting our kids in the right schools/education: lets first take a strong interest in their health.
For more: http://www.healthpartners.tk/obesity/obesity-statistics-2015.html
As I researched this topic, I found many Americans eat way too much protein (well, we eat too much period).... But, here is a great excerpt from WebMD:
How Much Protein Is Enough?Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 10% to 35% of their day's calories from protein foods. That's about 46 grams of protein for women, and 56 grams of protein for men.
It's not hard to get this amount if you eat two to three servings of protein-rich foods a day, according to the CDC.
There are some people that need more protein and it discusses that further:
My situation made me see that there weren't many recipes that took into consideration all my needs, which might be your needs to in this economy.
Not new to many today! And, I had enjoyed fine dining in the travel on my job....I still wanted to eat well, but now had to make myself!
RESULT: I became photographer, cook/recipe creator, writer, and website maker!!
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