Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"

This week I am inspired by the beginning of baseball season! “Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd,  buy me some PEANUTS and Cracker Jack…”
Let’s talk about those peanuts! Did you know they really aren’t a member of the NUT family, but a member of the legume family? Legumes are identified as “plants with pods that split in half to reveal their seeds”…. lentils, peas, and beans are legumes.    Peanuts grow underground, unlike walnuts and almonds, which grow on trees. Peanuts are an excellent sources of manganese, folate, copper, vitamin B3, and protein. Legumes in general are higher in protein than any other plant food.

Now, unless you frequent bars that have peanut shells on the floor(remind me to tell you about this one time when I was in Tulsa…ha!)…I think a lot of us eat our peanuts in the form of peanut butter. Ahhh there’s nothin like an old fashioned PB&J sandwich or celery with peanut butter and raisins(Ants on a Log)or a famous Elvis Presley peanut butter and banana sandwich! Ok, so here’s where I get a little…upset….or as my co workers and friends might say, “annoying” about what the people I care about are eating. Go home and read the back of your jar of peanut butter…what’s in it? Perhaps it says something like “partially hydrogenated oil.”   What exactly is that?   Well, first of all, it’s made in a lab (not natural) by a chemical process called hydrogenation which turns liquid oil into solid oil at room temperature. These newly processed fats are called TRANS FATS…the WORST, most UNHEALTHY FATS of ALL! These fats can drop your GOOD cholesterol levels(HDL) and make your bad cholesterol levels(LDL)rise! These fats are associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and even infertility! This is the peanut butter our young children are eating!! There are NO HEALTH BENEFITS in partially hydrogenated oils. increases the shelf life of your food…but is that worth all the other negative things it does to you?! It slows down your metabolism and actually makes you gain weight by making you consume even more fat. Your poor body is trying to get the essential fats it needs, but the trans fats interfere with your body’s ability to utilize the good fats! UGH! Our bodies don’t recognize this hydrogenated fat because it’s ARTIFICIAL, so we are unable to process and digest it properly. So those solids stay in our body…making FAT!

You are saying...”Well, Miss Delia…what kind of peanut butter do YOU and your family eat?” My peanut butter’s ingredients are “peanuts and salt.” That’s it.  Actually, we tend to eat other nut butters, like almond butter and sunflower seed butter…but that’s another blog.  I guess what I am saying is, just be aware of the ingredients in the food you eat!! And know this…FAST FOOD is FULL OF partially hydrogenated oils…(a large fry at McDonalds has 8 grams of the stuff –ohh I am soooooo making a sad face right now!)

I know today’s blog went from baseball to peanuts to legumes to hydrogenated oils…but sometimes that’s the way my brain works…and it’s only because I want everyone to be more aware of exactly what is that you are putting in your body!?!

Have a Healthy Week…and GO CARDS!

DISCLAIMER: Delia is not a Doctor, Nutritionist, or Registered Dietitian. She is simply a person dedicated to eating healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to help and inspire others to do the same!

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