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Forget What You’ve Heard: 3 Reasons Peanuts Really Are Good For You

Written by Fancy Foods on May 22, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

As far back as ancient times, there has been speculation about the healthiness of food. Although we have the science to determine the nutrition facts of many foods today, there are still many foods that are controversial within the healthiness spectrum.

For example, eggs are on a roller coaster of health, so to speak. One day, medical and nutrition experts tell us to have eggs for breakfast every day. The next day, they tell us to limit our intake of eggs as if our lives depended on it.

Peanuts are on a very similar ride. Some people strongly believe that you should limit your peanut snacks. But are peanuts bad for you? We’re here to tell you that there are many benefits of eating peanuts.

GMO
Many “healthy” foods are being modified by food scientists for several reasons. Improving the food’s taste or increasing the shelf life are just a few. This is not the case with peanuts! The food market today contains no GMO peanuts. In fact, compared to its ancestors, peanuts today are 99.9% identical.

Cholesterol
Everyone knows that having too much cholesterol in your diet is not good for your health. The good news is that the peanut cholesterol percentage is 0%! With the peanut cholesterol percentage being so low, why wouldn’t you eat them? Another concern linked to cholesterol is that the fats in many foods lead to higher amounts of cholesterol in the body. Peanuts do contain fats. However, they are the good fats!

According to Live Strong, “peanuts are composed of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that lowers LDL, or the ‘bad’ cholesterol. According to one study performed by the US Food and Drug Administration, one to two ounces of peanuts eaten five or more times per week can help lower your risk for heart disease by over 25%.”

Nutritional Benefits
Because peanuts are a member of the legume family, they add many nutritional benefits to one’s diet. According to Live Strong, they provide protein, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fiber, which is also known to reduce the bad cholesterol levels within your body.

Sometimes peanuts get a bad reputation, but these peanut facts show us that they are actually quite beneficial. The peanut cholesterol percentage is 0%, they actually help decrease cholesterol in the body, and they add tons of nutritional value to your body. Adding peanuts to your diet may just help you reach your daily intake of many of your vitamins, help you live longer, and provide an awesome tasting, healthy snack!

Nut Allergies 101: What Are the Symptoms of a Nut Allergy?

Written by Fancy Foods on May 10, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Peanuts and other nuts are among some of the most popular snacks in the world (and, yes, we know that peanuts are technically considered to be legumes). In fact, between 2008 and 2014, Americans consumed about 120 million pounds of peanut butter each year. However, peanuts and other nuts are also some of the most common allergy-causing foods. This, sadly, means that many people don’t get to enjoy peanuts, macadamia nuts, or other nut products. If you, someone in your family, or a close friend has a nut allergy, then it’s important to understand what someone with a nut allergy experiences and how it can be managed. Because of this, this article is going to provide a brief overview of nut allergies.

So, what exactly happens with a nut allergy? When someone is allergic to nuts, their immune system overreacts to the proteins in nut products. That means every time a person with an allergy eats, or in severe cases, simply comes into contact with nut particles in the air, their immune system fights off the invading proteins. This causes an allergic reaction, which can range from mild irritation and swelling to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Because there are so many different types of nuts, some people may be allergic to some but not others.

What are the symptoms of a nut allergy? Unfortunately, many people learn the hard way that their body cannot tolerate nuts, as opposed to discovering their allergy through an allergy test. In mild cases, an allergic reaction will cause little more than a mild rash. In cases of severe nut allergies, even indirect exposure to nuts can cause extreme difficulty breathing. If the throat swells so much that the individual can’t breath, the reaction can quickly become life threatening.

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to nuts may include:

  • Hives
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Throat tightness
  • Itchy or swollen eyes
  • A drop in blood pressure

Severe cases of nut allergies may result in anaphylaxis. This reaction may begin with some of the same symptoms as a mild reaction, but then quickly worsen. If not treated quickly, anaphylaxis can become life-threatening. With anaphylaxis or other severe symptoms, a person should receive emergency medical care as soon as possible.

Fortunately, while nut allergies can be severe, they are easily managed. Food allergies are easy to manage because the easiest way to avoid an allergic reaction is to simply avoid eating the food products in the first place. And because nut and peanut allergies are so common, many food labels and restaurants warn customers when nut products may be present. As such, food labels should always be carefully read and menus examined when eating out, and it’s always important to check with the restaurant for possible peanut oil uses in cooking.

Unfortunately, there is no known peanut allergy cure (though many researchers are working on it!). So while this means those with nut allergies may not get to enjoy yummy macadamia nuts or reap the health advantages of peanut snacks, they just have to be careful about what they’re eating.

There are many benefits of eating peanuts, but those with nut allergies have to find health benefits from other foods. Nut allergies are fairly common, so it’s important to be careful about what you eat around those with severe allergies.

Looking To Get The Greatest Value From Your Peanuts? Go Raw!

Written by Fancy Foods on March 15, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

nutrients in peanuts

The raw food movement has gained traction over the last few years among the health-conscious. After all, it makes sense that our bodies would benefit the most from eating certain foods exactly as they’re found in nature, with nothing added. But does the same concept apply to peanuts? Whether you regularly spread some peanut butter on a slice of bread — like the 94% of American households who have at least one jar of PB in their pantry — or crack open a handful of raw nuts out of the shell, you’re going to benefit from all the amazing nutrients in peanuts. But is the nutritional value of raw peanuts higher?

Ultimately, the answer is yes — but only by a bit. No matter how you eat peanuts, you’re going to be getting a high protein snack. In fact, both raw and roasted peanuts have the same amount of protein, according to the USDA. They also have the same amount of fiber and potassium! Even when they’re roasted in oil, roasted peanuts have only slightly more fat and slightly less iron and phosphorus than raw peanuts do. When you really crunch the numbers (and the peanuts), roasted peanut nutrients aren’t actually that much different from the ones found in the raw versions, as long as you opt for roasted nuts with no added salts or sugars. And according to a September 2010 study entitled “Plant Foods For Human Nutrition,” heat-treated peanuts may actually have more antioxidants!

That said, you can’t go wrong when you go for raw. Raw peanuts are chock-full of vitamins like folate (which is important for pregnant women), vitamin E, and vitamin B6, as well as minerals like zinc and magnesium. No matter how you chew it, the nutrients in peanuts — raw or dry-roasted — can’t be beat. And of course, there’s nothing better than that irresistible flavor.

While raw nuts are undoubtedly going to be the nutritional winner, they don’t actually win by a landslide. That’s because the nutritional benefits of roasted peanuts are still incredible. In the end, that’s great news: no matter what kind of peanutty snack you’re craving, you’ll still know you’re making a health-conscious decision that will keep you full and satisfied. For more information on raw peanuts nutrition, take a look at the resources below.

Can Peanuts Help To Control Or Prevent Diabetes?

Written by Fancy Foods on January 18, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

many peanut products

There’s no doubt that the nutritional value of peanuts means that they’re an extraordinary addition to a person’s diet. They’re a high protein snack, of course, with seven grams of protein in each one-ounce serving. But did you know peanuts can even keep you from developing diabetes and help diabetics better manage their condition? Here are some surprising diabetes-related peanut benefits of which you might not have been aware:

  • Peanuts can help control blood sugar
    Those who have diabetes need to be careful about what kinds of foods they consume. Certain foods will cause blood sugar to spike, which can be dangerous for diabetics. Peanuts have a low glycemic index (which refers to how quickly blood sugar rises after eating) of 14. This means that eating peanuts has a minimal impact on blood glucose, which makes it a great option for those who need to keep this under control. Research has also found that eating many peanut products or vinegar along with a starch-rich meal improves blood sugar levels for hours after and stimulates insulin release.
  • Many peanut products can help control weight
    Many Americans are concerned about their weight, which means that peanuts and peanut products could have the power to help a lot of us. But for those with diabetes, weight management is a must. As we know, peanuts are an excellent source of protein, but they’re also a good source of fat. At first blush, that might not seem like it’d be a good idea for someone who wants to lose weight. But actually, numerous studies have found that the healthy, unsaturated fats (like the ones found in many peanut products) easily fit into weight management programs. And because peanuts keep you fuller for longer, you’ll be less likely to snack on other foods in between meals.
  • Peanuts improve heart health
    Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer for those who have diabetes. Therefore, it’s vital that diabetics follow a heart-healthy diet. Peanuts are just one of the heart-healthy foods that you can incorporate into your routine. Scientific evidence suggests that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts or legumes (like peanuts) every day as part of a diet that’s low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce heart disease risk. And according to several other studies, your heart will thank you when you snack on peanuts. Eating about a handful of peanuts five or more times per week can cut heart disease risk in half, while eating peanuts just twice a week can reduce heart disease fatality risk by 24%.
  • They come highly recommended
    Experts are in agreement: many peanut products are recommended for heart health, diabetes management, and as part of a healthy diet. They’re extremely nutritious, have a low GI, and can even allow you to eat more of the other foods you need in your diet, simply because peanuts are so delicious. The American Diabetes Association consistently mentions peanuts and peanut butter as good options for diabetes management, while the American Heart Association says that peanut butter and “many nuts and seeds” are excellent choices. In 2010, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans listed peanuts and peanut butter as part of the recommended eating patterns, which means that almost anyone can benefit from eating peanuts.
  • You may even be able to prevent diabetes with peanuts
    If you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, you may want to consider upping your peanut consumption. A major study from Harvard found that type 2 diabetes risk decreases when peanuts and peanut butter are consumed more frequently. Because peanuts are a good source of magnesium (they contain 12% of the daily value), they’re a good option if you’re trying to lower your diabetes risk. Some studies have found that low magnesium intake is linked with an increased risk of developing diabetes or a higher likelihood of having type 2 diabetes. Other studies have found a correlation between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance in children.

It’s clear that when peanuts are consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, they can help our bodies in so many ways. Want to learn more about the health benefits of peanuts? Take a look around our site for more peanut facts.

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3 Ways to Bring Fall Cooking to Your Grill

Written by Fancy Foods on November 1, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

charcoal grillingSaying hello to the cooler weather doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your backyard grill! Even though you may think that your grill is strictly for summer use, you can actually still use it all the way throughout the winter months.

Now, just because you’re using your grill doesn’t mean you have to stick to the standard steaks and hot dogs. Even though 63% of people who use the grill to cook say they most often cook hamburgers, the grilling good times don’t have to stop there. You can still incorporate charcoal grilling into some of your favorite fall recipes. Here are a few fall-themed foods that you can whip up while charcoal grilling. Let’s take a look at some of these delicious recipes for the grill.

Pie
Did you know that you can cook pie on the grill? Yes, you read that right. Apple pie on your grill! Use a charcoal grilling thermometer to make sure that the temperature is the same as it would be if you were to use an oven. Pies with crust really tend to do better on the grill, but if you really wanted to throw a cheesecake over the coals, no one is going to stop you.

Vegetables
Nothing says fall more than roasted vegetables! It’s your key to healthy grilling. Thebest part is that roasted vegetables help keep you in check with your post-summer diet, they’re also extremely easy to clean up! By throwing the vegetables right onto the grill, you’re eliminating the use of a heavy baking dish. Not only that, but you can also make a tin foil packet, throw your vegetables and some olive oil in there, and make for even easier clean up.

Pizzas
Just like you can cook a pizza in the oven, you can also throw it right on the grill. It’s the easiest way to make many pizzas for a large crowd and a simple way to allow everyone to personalize their pie. They only take a few minutes to cook and are super easy to remove from the grill and plate. This is a major difference compared to the oven where you may struggle with getting the pizza out in one piece.

With your grill, you can cook as many fall-themed foods as you can possibly imagine. The list goes on and on. If you’re looking for additional ideas, check out one of our signature grilling classes!

Break Away From Beef: 3 Alternatives

Written by Fancy Foods on August 29, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

bbq cooking classesThe U.S. is the fifth largest beef consumer in the world. In fact, each person consumes over 53 pounds of beef each year! It’s small wonder why, between burgers, roast beef, and steak, beef accounts for some of the most important staples in American Cuisine.

But the Cult of Cow does have its disadvantages. There are a ton of interesting different types of meat and food in general that you might miss if you spend your days bowing to all things bovine.

In this post, we’re going to point out some unique and yummy alternatives to help you break away from beef.

Lamb

If you’re looking for something unique for the grill, look no further than lamb. While some might bristle at the mere mention of lamb, this rich and savory meat is woefully underappreciated. (We serve a killer Lamb Chop, if you’re looking for a way to taste it before deciding to cook it at home.)

For your lamb, you can prepare it the same way you learned to prepare pork or beef in your BBQ cooking classes. Two pro grilling tips: Use a honey based barbecue and don’t shy away from the fat on the lamb. If grill it over a low heat, the fat will become well incorporated and delicious.

Chicken

Controversial opinion time: chicken can be as good as any steak recipes. The key is to treat chicken with the same respect as you treat your steak. If you’ve taken any grilling or BBQ cooking classes, you know how important it is to salt your steak well in advance of cooking it. The same is true for chicken — as long as you remember to do it well in advance of putting it on the grill.

That salt will help you seal in the flavor and moisture, which is the single most important thing when cooking chicken. After that, it’s a matter of applying your favorite seasoning; our favorite is a mixture of lemon zest, lemon juice, and a secret blend of herbs.

Salmon

Salmon is one of the most versatile fish widely available. From lox to Plank Grilled Bourbon Salmon, you would be amazed at the many ways salmon can be dressed up — or stripped down.

Unlike most protein, you don’t want to salt your salmon in advance. Instead, hit it with the seasoning right before you throw it on the grill. Additionally, be very careful not to overcook salmon: like a steak, it is best left a little closer to the rare side.

When it comes to BBQ and grilling, it can be easy to find yourself among the cattle chattel. Whether or not you take BBQ cooking classes, it is important to diversify your cooking arsenal. Hopefully, this blog has helped you break out of the heifer haze.

Being Competitive in the Ice Cream Business

Written by Fancy Foods on July 28, 2016. Posted in Cups for ice cream, Ice cream spoons, Shop supplies

Plastic ice cream cups

You have always dreamed of owning your own ice cream shop. You imagined the many different flavors of ice cream that you would offer and you even thought about the happy faces of all of the children that you would offer your ice cream too. The parents would be happy with the quality and the choices of your additional and alternative ice cream options, like healthier gelato choices. You opened your business and found that customers enjoyed your ice cream shop, that is, until a new ice cream shop is planning to open right down the street from yours. How can you remain successful when there is another ice cream shop that is threatening to take some of all of your business? The ice cream business can be competitive and can be a very volatile business that requires business sense and the appropriate ice cr

Microgreens Are Valued For Their Appearance and Taste

Written by Fancy Foods on July 11, 2016. Posted in Adding microgreens to salads, Edible flowers for cake decorating, Micro herbs

Sugar flowers for cakes

A new trend in fine dining is the use of food accents like organic micro greens and edible flowers such as crystallized roses. As the best chefs have always known, the appearance of food is as important as the taste. Adding microgreens to salads or candied flowers to cakes and desserts gives them that special touch that sets them apart. Part of the fine dining experience is to enjoy food that has been prepared by someone else, with care and skill. Food accents add an intangible special touch to any meal, lifting it out of the realm of the ordinary.

Why does food presentation matter?
Why do people take pictures of their dinner plates and post them on their social media accounts? There are probably more food pictures on Facebook than there are cat pictures or nature pictu

6 Components of Diesel Exhaust Fluid Pumps

Written by Fancy Foods on July 7, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

Many people might not know the importance of pumps. They are a necessity in many industries and are even important in day to day activities. Removing liquids from drums is so much easier with pumping technology. Now we are able to pump, store, and transfer even the most dangerous of liquids.

The chemical industry benefits more from successful pumping because of the importance of what is being stored, pumped and transferred. The U.S. is the largest producer of chemical products in the world and the chemical value is approximately $770 billion. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that U.S. chemistry alone brings in a quarter of a billion dollars every year.

Diesel exhaust fluid pumps allow safe pumping, storage, and transfer of exhaust fluid, which is needed for many reasons.

There are six components of diesel exhaust fluid pumps:

  1. Electric Motor – These electric drum pump motors are used specifically for corrosive situations. They are able to transfer acidic liquids and alkalis. Each electric motor comes with speed control options along with multiple certifications and a thermal overload button. They also have a maximum discharge pressure of 32 PSI.
  2. Pneumatic Motor – Pneumatic motors can also be used in highly corrosive environments but were specifically engineered for use when heavily aggressive fumes are in the air. These motors are best suited to transfer combustible and flammable liquids.
  3. Flow Meter – Flow meters can be used across a wide range of applications: from stationary liquids to aggressive chemicals. They use a paddle wheel design and come in various sizes and materials. Kits for chemical drum pumps, permanent installation kits, and barb connection kits are all flow meter options.
  4. Hose – Diesel exhaust fluid pumps need high quality hoses for safe transfer. These hoses have been specifically engineered to safely and accurately transfer liquids of all kinds. The hoses are able to work in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Nozzle – Along with the hoses, the nozzles for these pumps have to be top of the line as well. They have to be able to safely dispense all liquids without any spills or issues. These nozzles have an automatic shutoff switch that will happen when the tank is reaching maximum capacity.
  6. Pump Tube – The tube itself can be used on anything from small drums to large tanks. Pumping corrosive liquids without error is important for safety as well as the importance of the product. These tubes can ensure safe and accreting pumping.

Pure Chocolate How Chocolate Is Made, And What It Really Is

Written by Fancy Foods on June 25, 2016. Posted in Belgian milk chocolate, Chocolate bulk, Gourmet chocolates

Gourmet chocolates

Everyone loves chocolate. Well, maybe not everyone — but pretty damn close, it seems. Of course, even those of us who love chocolate may have different opinions on what makes good chocolate. This is in part because there is a wide variety of different types of chocolate in the world. Certified pareve chocolate, for example, is pretty different from the types of chocolate you’ll find at a grocery store for fifty cents — not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with grocery store chocolate, mind you. Pure dark chocolate will also provide a very different flavor than that you’ll find in white chocolate or other types of milk chocolate. And in turn, Continue Reading | No Comments