What kind of protein should you eat?

 

Protein is inarguably one of the most important macronutrients. It is the "building block of life", as we learned biology. We owe proteins for our skin, muscles, enzymes, oxygen transport, cell communication...the list goes on. We know we need it, but what type of protein should we be eating?  

Why people choose plant protein. Taking on this question from a purely nutritional perspective, some research suggests that certain types of meat may cause a higher probability of negative health effects including heart disease, diabetes and stroke versus a plant diet. The same research showed that those in the above study who consumed more plant protein weighed less, which reduces health issues related to obesity.

What are the safest meats? Studies have shown that diets that substitute fish, poultry and low-fat dairy for red meat significantly reduces the likelihood of heart disease. In fact, one such study showed that males consuming 1 or more serving of fish per week decreased their probability of heart disease by 15%.

What about the protein itself? Not all protein is created equal. The importance of protein when it is digested by the body comes down to amino acids, which are used in different combinations as our body's construction material. Several amino acids cannot be produced by the body and thus are named the "essential amino acids". These guys must be consumed. Meat & eggs, for example ARE complete. The knock on plant proteins is that many are not "complete"; i.e. they do not contain all of the essential amino acids. Here is a list of complete plant proteins such as quinoa, buckwheat and soy. Also among them is Sacha Inchi, a super seed native to Peru that SuperEats uses in our products.

Keep it lean. Try to avoid sources of protein that have high saturated fat content (bad for the heart!). Keep in mind that the average 2,000 calorie diet recommended daily intake is 50g of protein and 65g of fat, however much of what you eat will have fat while not everything will have protein. Steak has 62g of protein, but also 48g of fat with 21g of that being saturated. 1 cup of chicken has 38g of protein but only 5g of saturated fat. Salmon is similar.

If you're looking for a protein snack, check out our puffs & chips, which have as much or more protein per ounce than chicken, beef, salmon, an egg and greek yogurt!

 

 

December 20, 2016 by Aaron Gailmor

What does Nestle's sugar reduction discovery mean for you?

Nestle Butterfinger Sugar Reduction

Nestle scientists recently announced the discovery of a way to alter the structure of sugar such that Nestle’s bars could taste as sweet while using 40% less sugar. The structure is altered so the sugar is dissolved faster and our taste buds pick up the sweetness faster. This of course is a response by Nestle to the recent consensus that high sugar intake in diets has been a primary contributor to high obesity rates and related chronic healthy problems. 

So…what does all of this mean for you? 

(1) Don’t go on a candy bar binge. The World Health Organization recently stated that the REAL sugar intake goal should be at or below 5% of daily energy intake, or 25 grams per day. A Butterfinger bar alone has 24g of sugar! Even if that is reduced by 40% with this new sugar, you would still consume nearly 60% of a healthy diet’s daily sugar intake with ONE bar. 

(2) Be on the look out for serving size reductions. This is the easiest way for companies to reduce levels of the ‘bad stuff” in their food and could be used along with the new sugar to hit the targeted reductions. Perhaps smaller bar serving sizes are ok, but you'll likely be paying the same price.

(3) Keep an eye on any new sweeteners or other ingredient changes. Companies have been using alternative sweeteners like splenda, stevia and agave for several years now. This is another tool that could be used in addition to the new sugar to make it a appear like a much bigger change. Just remember that the jury is out on whether these other sweeteners are any better for you than sugar.

(4) How will the body digest this new sugar? It will take some time before unbiased research is published on the new sugar and its health effects. We won’t know, for example, if the body digests this altered structure faster than normal sugar, which would cause an increased spike in glucose levels. This could make the reduced sugar a moot point. 

(5) Nestle won’t begin introducing the new products until 2018 and then will “gradually reduce sugar levels”. This seems to be an admission by the company that the products won’t really taste the same, otherwise they could replace existing products as quickly as the old versions were purchased off of the shelves. Time will tell.

(6) Reducing sugar in its products is a net positive, so despite all of the above caveats, it’s great to see the world’s largest food company leading the charge on an important dietary initiative.

Separately, try out our low sugar, delicious, high protein puffs! Use promo code PUFFSTRIAL to get them at $1/bag! Click: http://ss1.us/a/4IpZAWGf

Tahini Veggie Dip Recipe

 

 

 

When I finish work for the day, the last thing I want is a snack that’s tricky or complicated: Enter copious amounts of Kale Crisps, straight out of the multi-serving bag. 
vegetable dip made from tahiniSure, the crunchy perks of working for a snack company are great, but sometimes it’s also nice to start my evening by conquering a good portion of my daily veggie allotment. This tahini dip delivers on flavor and texture without requiring time or equipment. I whip up this snack dip on the regular, in a big bowl, so it lasts me for a few days of at-home happy hours.

Besides dipping veggies and Kale Crisps, the tangy dip also has its place mixing up tahini dipon avocado toast, as a dressing for quinoa bowls, and even brings a delicious kick to sweet potato salad. The creamy texture, zesty lemon, and flavorful spices are a great flavor enhancer to any savory dish in need of a little pick-me-up.


 

  • ¼ Cup Tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise (I prefer the olive oil based stuff)
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Pepper (Aleppo is my favorite, but any type of ground chili powder will do, simply adjust for spice factor)
  • 1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste 

Place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir or whisk until incorporated. You will have a thick slathery dip on your hands, but feel free to add water or more lemon juice to adjust the consistency. Happy dipping!

 

 

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SuperEats Team Picks from Expo West 2016

SuperEats Team Expo West 2016The SuperEats team just returned from the mecca of natural foods that is Expo West. If you're unfamiliar, Expo West is a three day conference in Anaheim, CA where natural product companies from all over the world get together to network, show off new products, and cut a rug with industry friends at one of the many after parties. The conference vibe reminded us a lot of a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. Picture attractive people in brightly colored shirts dancing in the aisles and literally throwing mini packages of cookies, jerky, bars, yogurt, etc. into your tote bag. Between the hard work and endless snacking we somehow settled upon three of our favorite things that we just had to share. 

Aaron's Pick: Five Star Foodies Artichoke Burgers

The best vegan burgers made of artichokesFor centuries (well, maybe only a few decades) the world has struggled to create delicious vegan burgers. These artichoke burgers, also made with cashews, are far from the unappealing concept of "meat substitute." They redefine the burger as something that can be inherently made without animal protein. The savory taste and satisfying texture of these patties revolutionizes the "vegan" burger into something that pleases any omnivore. Well done Five Star Foodies on breaking down the barriers of the burger!

Find out more about Five Star Foodies (a.k.a. Foodies) Artichoke Burgers here.

Charlie's Choice: Bobbysue's Nuts

Spicy nut snack mixThere were quite a few nuts at Expo West. From Tiger Nuts to the nut who tried to eat a napkin at our booth, we were not extremely impressed with the selection. That is until Charlie came frolicking back to the booth with his chops full of Bobbysue's Nuts! This cashew, pecan, and almond snack mix is seasoned with a secret family recipe of herbs and spices. The nuts come in savory and sweet flavors like the drizzly It's Raining Chocolate and the briny Nuts Over Olives, but Charlie reported that Some Like it Hot was super spicy and super delicious. Bonus snack: Bobbysue's Nuts donates a portion of their proceeds to the SPCA of Westchester who helps homeless animals nationwide! If these nuts are good enough to be sold in Yankee Stadium, they're good enough to be SuperEats approved! 

Read about Bobbysue's Nuts in a nutshell.

Lauren's Fave: Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit

After Pacman-style chomping my way through aisles of salty, nutty, and chewy snacks, Chloe's stood at the end of our row like a shrine to my favorite food: frozen yogurt. I could see the machines churning and I knew that something amazingly familiar was coming my way. Chloe's is a fruit based soft serve treat, much like sorbet in frozen yogurt form. However, it is completely dairy-free and totally amazing. Chloe's was my last stop on day 1 of the expo, and subsequently on day 2, and there may have been three or four stops on day 3, but who's counting? I especially loved the banana based dark chocolate flavor, which tasted like a seductively creamy and very grown up version of blended banana "nice" cream.

Get the scoop on Chloe's soft serve and fruit bars here.

Fantastic 4: Must-Try Global Superfoods

We love our kale, chia, and flax just as much as the next SuperFan, but sometimes it's fun to change up your healthy eating routine. Check out the benefits of these cutting edge superfoods from around the world, and incorporate one, or all four, into your diet!Global superfoods to add to your diet

 

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