What’s in our food?

Aren’t you tired of all the fad diets? The low-carb, the high-fat, the all-protein one?

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I have known vegans, who want to be on a low carbohydrate diet, yet all plant-based food is mostly rich in carbohydrates. I have known people who eat only cheese and fats and are hoping to burn their belly fat and gain muscle in the same time.

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I have heard people claim they are on a protein-rich diet, but the protein they envision seems to be only the pepperoni slices on that pizza in the picture. That doesn’t sound like it’s going to work, is it? It all seems to be common sense, but in the end you would be surprised.

 

Why am I bothering you with all those macro nutrients?

Because those are the basic building blocks of our food – proteins, carbohydrates, fats.

 

Each type of food we consume consists of some variation of those three macro nutrients. The moment we know them well and we are aware what’s in our food we will be able to choose the best one according to our dietary goals.

Let’s bring in some real-world (real food) examples.

pexels-photo-264537.jpegWhat do you reckon are veggies and fruits made of, for the most part? Besides water, that would be carbohydrates. Fruits are richer in those, because they have a higher sugar content, due to the fructose.

 

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Meat and eggs – those consist of proteins and fats, no carbs whatsoever. The fat content may vary substantially with meats, but that’s nothing new to you, I guess. 🙂

 

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Dairy – the composition of milk is usually proteins and carbs 1:1, and the fats vary depending on what type of milk you chose. With cheeses the fat contents may vary greatly and can even reach up to 50% of the whole. So, be careful with the total quantity consumption.
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Whole grains – those type of foods (breads, etc) are mostly made of carbs with low protein content. The fats, however, may be a lot higher than usual in the products, which have added seeds, which seems to be quite popular the last few years.

 

 

And since I am not here to bore you to death in a single post we will continue with valuable information on proteins and useful examples of foods rich in them in the next blog post. See you there! 🙂

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