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I’m doing a different take on Laura‘s “Strange But Good” linkup party, which is aimed at collecting strange but good recipes from foodies. I get all my weirdo recipes from Laura, and I have none of my own to share. Instead, I’m going to start sharing a few strange but good nutrition facts that I’ve been collecting from an Iowa State University agricultural biochemistry student.
What does agricultural biochemistry have to do with nutrition? Everything. At the core of nutrition is biochemistry, and though it sounds like a science that might put you to sleep, it’s actually quite interesting — I think anyway, and so does Brandi, the student who’s been kind enough to continue to gather weird facts for me to post here.
Hi Brandi! (and thank you!)
I met Brandi when I interviewed her for a story for our college’s alumni magazine. She and I have a lot in common, so the interview ended up getting kind of chatty. She talked a lot about her interest in nutrition, and started rattling off facts. I was interested, so I asked her to send me some of these facts by e-mail.
I’ll reveal a few of her facts each week for a few weeks. Again, I’m not an expert, and Brandi is an expert-in-training. I’m interested in the discussion that comes from sharing these with you. As some of you may know, nutrition is still a very knew science, and there is a lot we don’t know about how our body works and what it does with food. In fact, it seems like new facts about nutrition are coming out every week, and old facts are being debunked at a similar rate.
- Dark chocolate not only possesses powerful antioxidants, it also contains fats that, when digested, transform into the fats received by olive oil.
- Soluble fiber, such as grains, beans, and mushrooms, must attach to bile salts in order to be digested. Bile salts must be made from cholesterol, thus soluble fiber is a healthy way to reduce cholesterol. I’ve been reading about fiber in my K-12 nutrition book (snicker, snicker — I know. It’s embarrassing, but it was free on Kindle) and have decided to stir some of the fiber back into my juice when juicing veggies so I can help reduce cholesterol and move things through my food tube.
- Protein shakes are great for post-workout because your body needs the direct amino acids right away to begin repair. If consumed any other time, it is just expensive urine. Since I’m a big believer in protein supplementation, I asked a registered dietitian to provide further explanation on this subject. Look for a followup guest post about protein supplementation by a registered dietitian on Tuesday.
Know any strange but good nutrition facts? Or have you had any nutrition “fact” debunked lately?
I have. I recently discovered that overeating isn’t necessarily what’s making us fat — well, overeating by itself. There are other factors (these will all unfold as I share my opinions with you — slowly).
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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