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Understanding Your Nutrition

A Word About “Whole Grains”

There is a lot of talk these days about the value of adding whole grains into your diet. However, not all food that is labeled “whole grain” or “complex carbohydrate” is good.  Whole grains (wheat, corn, or oats) are only 10% fiber and 10-12% protein; the remaining 78-80% is mostly starch. Most cereals and breads marketed as “whole grain” are not really whole grains. Only 20-40% of the recipe is made up of finely ground whole grain. The rest is starch. If the recipe has only 20% whole grain, you are getting 20% of the 10% fiber, which translates into 2% fiber and 2-3% protein in the overall product.  Check your cereals’ nutritional panel and see what we mean by this. Cereal companies prefer to use starchy products because they are low in cost and expand easily; thus, they are lightweight and fill the box.

Unlike these wheat, corn, ad oat starches, soy protein is 10 times more expensive than and significantly higher in protein. Thus, it gives you more sustained energy in a form that helps you lose weight and avoid blood sugar spikes. That’s why Kay’s Naturals uses soy protein as the foundation of all its products.

A Word About Fat

There are “good fats” and there are “bad fats,” but all fats are high in calories. One gram of fat has 9 calorie,s while one gram of protein has only 4 calories.  When you are trying to lose weight you need to be careful about the intake fats in general, including good fats. Usually fats from olive oil, canola oil, or fats with Omega 3s, 5s, and 6s are considered to be good fats. Eliminate bad fats altogether.

Complex Carbohydrates

“Complex carbohydrates” is another phrase you hear used often in food marketing, often in reference to starchy foods like pasta. If you are trying to lose weight, you should try to avoid any carbohydrates that are high in starch. On the other hand, carbohydrates that are high in fiber are an asset to weight management. Thus, all Kay’s Naturals products have at least 4.5g of fiber.

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