Why Switching to a Plant-Based Diet is Important and Smart

Written by Fancy Foods on March 27, 2020. Posted in Homepage, Uncategorized

The world is getting more “woke”. Or, at least, we’re trying to be. With the advances in the digital age and the internet, information is more easily accessible than ever before. No longer do the ivory towers of academia decide who can access what information and as a result the masses are learning a lot about their government, their planet, and also their personal health more than ever before. 

With all this information it should be no surprise that people’s day to day lifestyle choices are changing a lot too. One of the most significant changes is a switch towards plant-based eating habits, better known as vegetarianism or veganism. Millennials in particular are making the change with 15% reportedly live on plant-based eating. But why are so many people switching their diet?

Why Go Vegetarian?

The environment

One of the reasons so many people are switching to vegetarian and vegan diets has to do with the environment. Climate change is a big topic right now and there are many sources that indicate it is tied to our dairy and meat industries. 

Our planet is surrounded by an invisible shield of sorts known as the ozone layer, which keeps harmful intergalactic light from affecting us. Unfortunately our ozone has big holes in it and letting extra space light through. This is causing irreparable changes to our environment. We are seeing the median temperature of the planet rise at a drastically fast degree because of the radiation allowed through our broken ozone. With rising temperatures comes the death of many species, particularly aquatic life, the flooding of coastlines, and ferocious wildfires.

This is what we call climate change. Scientists have learned that methane gas emissions made by human industries are one of the biggest causes of the ozone’s depletion. And the biggest producer of methane gases comes from the beef industry and, explicitly put, cow farts. The over herding and breeding of cattle has led to huge methane gas emissions. While it is not the sole cause of our environmental emergency, it is a major one. If humans, en masse, consumed fewer cattle products it would potentially cut down on methane emissions. While that is an unlikely scenario, many people feel going plant-based is a way they can make a more positive environmental impact. 

The herding of livestock does more than just produce greenhouse gases though. It also leads to a large amount of deforestation. As cattle are such large animals and consume such large volumes of food to sustain themselves, it takes a lot of space and resources to breed and keep such large volumes of animals. As a result, in places like Brazil, farmers are actually cutting back and burning down parts of the Amazon rainforest to make room for their livestock. Some believe this has led to the terrible wildfires that have ravaged Brazil in 2019. Not to mention countless animal deaths and even possible species extinction.

It’s not just the land that’s in trouble because of meat industries. Aquatic ecosystems are being disrupted greatly by the overfishing of very specific species. As the most common fish eaten by people are tuna, salmon, haddock, tilapia, and cod these are the species that are struggling to remain properly populated. For example, the overfishing of cod in the Baltic seas has led to an extremely high population of algae-living zooplankton, as the cod eats the herring that eats the zooplankton normally. Without the cod, no one is eating the zooplankton and these creatures stimulate algae growth. As a result there are now large over blooms of algae in the Baltic Seas. This may not seem like a big deal but the large volumes of algae soak up all the sea’s natural oxygens, which leads to deoxygenated waters, or what experts call ocean dead zones. This is all worsened by the fact that hundreds of years of farm-fertilizer-dense-rain run-off has also settled into the baltic seas and also increased algae over bloom. 

One may feel a bit overwhelmed and powerless by all this information. Surely one person’s personal eating habits couldn’t do all that much to help with these daunting environmental issues. In general that is true, no one person is responsible for fixing these problems. But it may behoove you to know that research shows that going vegan can cut down your personal greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. By going vegan for a month, you would not only save 30 animal lives, but also 620 pounds of harmful carbon dioxide emissions, 913 square feet of forest, and 33,481 gallons of water. According to Oxford University, going vegan is the single biggest way you can reduce your environmental impact on the planet. 

Animal Rights

Beyond the environmental impact of meat and dairy industries is another core issue behind why many people chose to go vegan or vegetarian; that is animal rights. Some people find it morally questionable to consume a once-living creature for sustenance. While this may seem overly sensitive to some, remember that pigs are considered to be more emotional and intelligent than even dogs. If you wouldn’t eat your pet why are you eating something just as feeling and smart? Many explicitly oppose the treatment of livestock endures in our factory farming systems, which by all accounts isn’t very pretty.

Let’s walk through the average life of a dairy cow. Like humans, female cows usually only produce milk when they are pregnant. So female dairy cows are forcefully impregnated to initiate milk production. Once the cow gives birth her baby is immediately taken away from her. Many people prefer to not think about how traumatizing this is, or perhaps have convinced themselves that cows don’t form strong emotional attachments to their offspring but this is far from the truth. When the cow has her calf taken away she will wail endlessly, and enter a period of deep depression. Only to immediately be forcefully impregnated immediately again and restart that cycle. 

But what happens to the calf? Well if the calf is male, he is usually sent to veal farms. Once at the veal farm the baby calf will immediately be crippled into a crate so small that he won’t be able to move his body at all. This is to keep his flesh tender and soft until he is slaughtered a few days later. If the calf is female she will most likely go into the same life as her mother. When she is about a year old she will be fully matured, and have small horns. Dairy cows often have their horns cut off by saw, hot iron, sharp wires, and caustic chemicals. As you can imagine it is a torturous procedure. From there they spend their life as a milk-producing machine, being constantly impregnated and made to produce 4 times the amount of milk as they would usually produce. Well cared for cows with space to roam, and natural breeding patterns can live up to 20 years. The average dairy cow literally gives up and dies by age 4. 

Health Benefits

So if saving the environment and innocent animals isn’t enough reason many people make the change for straightforward health reasons. Others may, incorrectly, argue that eating meat or dairy is necessary for healthy eating habits. But this is not true. In fact overeating meat and dairy can cause a whole host of health problems. The current Corona pandemic was caused by eating exotic animals. Other virus outbreaks from the past were even caused by eating not so exotic animals like chickens (the avian flu) and pigs (swine flu). Humans are capable of digesting animal products but that does not mean it is necessary. The health risks associated include high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many more. 

The number of health benefits that can come from switching to plant-based diets have proven to be endless. Some of the health benefits associated with switching to plant-based include increased vitality, better sleep habits, better ability to stay focused, a stronger immune system, and not to mention healthy weight loss. The whole food plant-based diet specifically provides you with more fortified vitamins and minerals and increased omega 3’s. These help to protect brain functions and more balanced hormone levels and often show much higher levels of free blood proteins than meat and dairy eaters. Even smaller steps towards vegetarian and veganism help greatly reduce cholesterol and have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Some cases go so far as to boast that going vegan or vegetarian cured them of type two diabetic, or pre-diabetic status. 

So Where Do You Start?

So say you’ve decided to help out the planet, your fellow animal and your own personal health by switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet. How should you start? It can seem like a really major change if you’ve been eating animal products your whole life like most of us have. Some simple switching in your head can do the trick to get you on the right path. Here are some tips for starting a vegetarian diet or a vegan one. 

For most people, going to the grocery store is a routine process. You have your local haunt, you know where your regular items are, you go through the store as quick as you can and go on with your life. It can seem daunting to try new things and change up your routine completely. So start by making small changes. Spend more time in the produce section than in the frozen meats. Try to focus on hearty meat substitutes. Many people mistakenly assume eating vegan or vegetarian will cost a lot more money. But there are fewer products cheaper in bulk than rice and different kinds of beans. A pound of lentils doesn’t cost more than a dollar. Plus frozen or canned veggies are perfectly appropriate if you’re on a budget. Vegan or vegetarian does not mean you have to spend a lot of money on fancy veggies at Whole Foods. Try your local farmer’s market. They are usually farm to table, and almost always notably cheaper than your local chain. Employing small changes like this, one at a time, is a great way to inch your way into a vegan or vegetarian diet. Starting with familiarity can help a lot too. Remember peanut butter is a great source of protein, and that vegetables and fruits also carry protein in them. 

Trying out some new recipes is a really fun way of starting a vegan or vegetarian diet. It can teach you about different sources of nutrients and specific protein. Buying a beginner’s vegetarian cookbook and starting off with some simple recipes is always gonna be helpful. Any resource that has tips for starting a vegetarian diet will be useful. They can even teach you alternative ways to cook you may not be used to, and innovative solutions to dietary restrictions. Try a cauliflower crust pizza next time you’re at the supermarket. It’s not as scary as it may sound.

It’s also important to be kind to yourself about starting a new diet. You’re not perfect and making such a radical change to your diet can be hard at first. As long as you’re working towards a path to plant-based eating you’re making an improvement. Sometimes very passionate vegan activists will come across as purity testers and come off as judgemental to people who aren’t as perfect with their plant-based diet. It’s important to ignore these people and not let them deter you from working towards a plant-based diet. If 100 people stopped eating beef for a month it makes a bigger difference than 1 person going completely vegan and plan-based for a month. So start by making mindful steps and don’t be too hard on yourself especially if you’re just starting out.

There positive results of going vegetarian or vegan really speak for themselves. Helping the environment is a very important issue for us and future generations. And going vegan is the easiest way to make any kind of tangible difference. Defending the intrinsic value of all animals is not only noble but it is much healthier for you as well. There are really only positives to switching to plant-based eating habits. 

7 Hacks and Tricks in the Making of Delicious Paletas

Written by Fancy Foods on October 8, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

Paletas are some of the most delicious frozen treats that can excite your palate and cool your body when it’s hot out. There are numerous varieties of paletas out there with different concoctions of ingredients and varying colors, tastes, and flavors.

These frozen treats vary depending on the ingredients used and their mode of preparation. The ingredients used may include fruits such as bananas, cucumbers, pineapples, strawberries, or mango, flowers such as hibiscus, spices such as chili and cinnamon, and alcoholic spirits such as tequila. Sometimes broken pieces of nuts and chocolate are also used. The ingredients and style of making your paletas are as many as you can imagine because making paletas is an art where imagination reigns.

Want to try making some paletas yourself? Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you make some delicious treats!

1. Smooth or chunky?

If you enjoy chunky paletas, then slice and muddle chocolate pieces with nuts and fresh pieces of fruits to get that chunky texture. If you like them smooth, then use a blending machine to make a fine puree. Then, sieve your puree to remove fruit pulp and seeds. Sieving your puree is recommendable when making fruit paletas, like strawberry paletas, or when working with any other seedy fruits.

2. Use a fun mold for your fruit paletas

If you don’t have special molds but want to make fun shapes, you can try the ingenious idea of using a cookie cutter to cut your fruits into fun shapes for more fun-looking fruit paletas. You can also use ice cube trays or mini plastic cups to get the more typical, geometric shapes. Alternatively, you may use a loaf pan and then cut the large chunks into desired small-sized pieces of paletas using a hot knife.

3. Prevent your paletas from losing their fruity aroma

Fruit paletas are often people’s favorites because of their fruity taste and aroma. If left in an open mold for long, these paletas may pick other flavors from the foods stored within the freezer. To prevent this problem, remove the paletas from the molding container and wrap them in plastic sheets and place them in a zip-top bag.

4. Neatness matters

Always use a pitcher with a proper spout when pouring your mixture of ingredients into the molds to avoid messes. When pouring the mixture, make sure that you leave a quarter of an inch of space from the top of the mold empty to cater for the expansion of the mixture once it freezes.

5. Are your fruit paletas stuck in the mold?

If your paletas get frozen and stuck in the mold, dip the bottom part of the mold into a bowl of hot water for 10 to 15 seconds. The heat from the water will defrost the paletas, and you can easily slide them off the mold.

6. Set your freezer to the right temperature

Your freezer should be set to the coldest setting to freeze you paletas quickly. The ideal temperature should be 0°F. Note that water can freeze at 32°F, but you’ll need to set colder temperature levels for mixtures with high sugar levels or alcohol to freeze.

7. Avoid messy after-treats

Drips from melting fruit paletas can leave your hands, floors, and other surfaces in your home sticky. To prevent these sticky messes, wrap cupcake liners on the bottom side of your paletas when you are ready to eat them. You have to slice a small slit at the center of the cupcake liner, which fits the size of the stick and drive the stick through it to catch all the drips.

The popularity of paletas is growing as quickly. The U.S. sells approximately 60, 000 metric tons of ice cream to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada each year. As the foreign ice cream market expands, the local U.S market of paletas and popsicles increase with the opening of more paleteria. Try these new hacks and tricks and find out why there are so many paletas, ice cream, and Popsicle lovers!

How To Eat Healthy When Your Schedule Is Non-Stop

Written by Fancy Foods on July 29, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

Many Americans are interested in making a healthy change in their lives. Eating well can be a difficult shift to make, especially if you’re used to fast food and frozen meals, but it isn’t impossible; unfortunately, this already tough change can be muddled even further by a busy schedule. Between work, family life, and other daily demands, finding the time to go grocery shopping or cook a healthy dinner can seem futile. Let’s take a look at some tips that can help you have your cake and eat it too — metaphorically, of course!

  • Get rid of junk food. This may seem basic, but many people don’t consider the impact such a simple change can have. When you’re constantly on the run, snacking can become a crutch; since few people reach for raw veggies and hummus in such cases, you end up eating more junk food than you ever realized. By eliminating it as a choice to begin with, you’ll turn towards other healthier options out of necessity.
  • Prepare meals and snacks ahead of time. It’s easy to abandon dinner after a busy day at work. To avoid the exhaustion that comes with cooking, give yourself some time during the weekend (or a day off) to prepare the weeks’ meals. Decide on two to four healthy food recipes and get everything ready; cooking these prepared meals rather than starting from scratch can seriously lessen the stress of dinner.
  • Buy ingredients pre-chopped. Many quick meals and easy dinners can be made even quicker and easier if you skip the chopping process. Many vegetables come in pre-chopped options so you won’t be limited when it comes to making easy healthy meals. You may have to spend a little extra money for a little less food, but the time you’ll have saved will be completely worth it.

With approximately 80% of Americans failing to eat the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, unhealthiness is a serious problem in the United States. If you’re able to follow the above suggestions, you’ll find that your schedule is no longer holding you back from healthy living. Do your research, choose a few easy healthy meals, and prepare them in advance; you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

Get Wound Up About Your Wine!

Written by Fancy Foods on March 5, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

Whether you enjoy indulging in rare wines or having a more modestly price glass of vino during the week, it’s true that a glass of wine can help people unwind or provide the perfect ending to a long day. And some research shows that drinking two glasses of wine a day could actually reduce your risk of early death by almost 20%! Just another incentive to pour yourself some fine red wine! Wine drinking has also become increasingly hip among the younger generation. From rosés, new Austrian and German varietals (at least in the United States), and the increase in those willing to be adventurous in taste, wine is taking off with millennials. Though rare wines can certainly be a treat, most look for a wine they can have regularly. So if you’re interested in becoming a wine drinker, what should you know? Read on below.

Don’t Whine About Your Wine 
Like most alcoholic beverages, wine is an acquired taste. Likely most people had their first experience with wine at church or from their parents’ glass and thought it tasted gross. However, if you still feel iffy about wine as an adult, chances are you just haven’t found the right wine yet. There are so many options these days — red wines, white wines, rosés, sweet, dry, the list goes on and on.

The United States tends to prefer red wine (almost 40% of wine lovers chose that) and white is the next most popular at just over 30%. You might just need to try an assortment of wines before hitting on one you like, and anyone who works in a wine store or even a vineyard, if you’re getting fancy, can likely assist you in finding a wine you like with a few questions. Friends and family might also be able to offer advice and suggest brands to try.

Why Do We Love Wine? 
Wine is a pretty ancient beverage, with its origins stemming from the Middle East around 6,000 years ago. Today, almost 950 million gallons of wine are drunk in the United States and sales reached almost $220 billion. And wine is only expected to grow in popularity — by 2020, wine retail sales are expected to go up by 11%.

Restaurants and bars love it because any kind of alcohol has a fairly high mark up price, so getting a liquor license can be a great way to boost profits. Depending on the kind of wine they serve, it can also serve as a specific draw — wine on tap, for example, or an unusual kind of wine might bring customers back again and again.

But for most of us, it’s something that makes us feel good. It tastes good, we feel good drinking it (and after!), and it’s usually associated with something pleasurable — self-care, a night out with friends, a night in with family, a date night, and so on. Vineyards provide a fun excuse for a weekend trip or special outing and some people love showing off their knowledge about wine, especially rare wines — it can be a fun hobby as well.

How Do I Broaden My Palate? 
As mentioned above, one of the best ways to start liking wine is to start drinking a few different types of wine. See what you gravitate towards. Do you prefer your wine sweet or a little drier? Do you not love the way tannins make your mouth feel or do you prefer something with a little effervescence? Knowing these things can help guide you as you search for a wine (or wines) you like.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help as well! Visiting vineyards is a great way to taste a bunch of different wines and get expert assistance on finding wines you like. Tasting rare wines if you get the chance can also show you the best of what the beverage has to offer.

Once you’ve found a wine you like, kick back and relax whenever you want with a glass. And who knows? You might become a bit of a wine expert yourself over time!

Experience The Taste Of Kentucky In These 3 Bourbon Cocktails

Written by Fancy Foods on October 19, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Kentucky is known for a great many things — corn, horse racing, and bluegrass chief among them — but our personal favorite is a liquor that’ll be your best friend one day and your worst enemy the next: bourbon. The Bluegrass State is responsible for around 95% of the world’s supply, and it shows when you consider the number of cocktails (made with that sweet, sharp bourbon, of course) that carry its name. The next time you’re in a bourbon bar or cocktail bar — which should be tonight, by the way — make sure you try out one (or all, we won’t tell) of these three certified Kentucky bourbon cocktails.

  1. Mint Julep: Ahh, the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby! Mint juleps are known for their ability to soothe the bite of bourbon with the refreshing taste of mint, creating a perfect balance between too much and not enough.Ingredients:
    • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
    • 2 tsp water
    • 1 tsp powdered sugar
    • 4 mint leaves

    Using a highball glass, muddle the mint, sugar, and water. Fill the glass with ice, add the bourbon, and stir until the glass is frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig if you’re feeling fancy, and enjoy.

 

  1. Kentucky Mule: A Kentucky twist on a classic, this drink prefers bourbon to vodka — just like us.Ingredients:
    • 2 oz bourbon
    • .5 oz fresh lime juice
    • Ginger Beer
    • Mint sprigs
    • Glass: copper mug or highball

    Add the bourbon and lime juice to the glass of your choice. Fill it with ice and top with ginger beer, then garnish with the mint sprigs.

 

  1. Midnight Cowboy: This rich and creamy cocktail adds a little extra liquor and a lot more cream. We recommend waiting until after the race to enjoy this drink.Ingredients:
    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 2 oz dark rum
    • 1 oz heavy cream

    Shake the bourbon, rum, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve. Drinking has never been easier!

These three incredibly simple mixed drinks hardly even merit a trip to your nearest cocktail bar — at less than four ingredients each, you’d be hard-pressed to argue about the cost of running to your local liquor store and just stocking up on everything you need. However, you’ll be missing out on the nightlife and expertly made craft cocktails if you decide to stay in; indulge a little, and explore a whiskey bar near you!

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!