5 Things Thursday : 8.18.11 : Consumer Edition

[Note: I realize that it’s actually Friday and not Thursday, but I started writing this Thursday and had a social engagement to attend, and so here I am today, Friday, finishing and publishing the post. Deal with it Please excuse my tardiness.]

I don’t know if I’ve told you all this before, but I LOVE grocery shopping. That’s right: all-caps, bold, underlined, and italicized. LOVE.

I love browsing the aisles and checking out all of my awesome options. (Note: this love is similar to my love of checking out other people’s pantries/fridges, but we’ll get to that at a later date.) My especially favoritest thing is to go to a totally new grocery store that likely carries different products so that I can buy lots of new things and spend way-too-high-% of my income on food.

So following this theme, it makes sense that I love hearing about awesomely-cool-and-nutritious foods that I’m not currently eating. So that is where we will begin

1. Inca Peanuts.

If you’re like me, you will be asking yourself, “What the heck are Inca peanuts?” right about now. Also known as Sacha Inchi nuts; they are these:

And Dr. Oz has apparently sensationalized them for the moment. (for good reason: they’re high in fiber, essential fatty acids, Omega-3s, Omega 6s, and Omega-9s. They also have vitamin A, C and natural antioxidants. ) This article touts the health benefits, while this article gives a different perspective and points out that a lot of nuts and seeds provide the same great nutrition. Ironically, it uses the same nutritionist in both articles. Either way, these are on my to-buy-on-the-interwebz list.

2. Another “new” oil to try?

I first saw this oil on the ingredient list of my favorite mixed nuts: Trader Joe’s Roasted & Unsalted Fancy Mixed Nuts. {$5.99 for a lb.–> compare to 7.99 or 8.99 other places) The last ingredient listed is Rice Bran Oil. I saw this and thought, “What the heck is rice bran oil?… Whatever it is, it must be good because these taste pretty darn delicious.” (I copied down the quote, so this is 100% accurate.)

Well, turns out this “rice bran oil” is actually good for your brain! This is due to being a source of a particular type of vitamin E (alpha-tocotrienols), which has been shown to save more brain cells in the event of a stroke. Read more here.

{For the remainder of this theme, we will simply be dealing with products in general}

3. Chewing Gum: the story of an appetite suppressant?

A couple studies make it seem like a possibility. Read about it here. I am a massive gum chewer when I’m stressed, so I’m thinking that maybe my stressed-out-gum-chewing relates to non-hunger-based-eating?

4. Ever wonder what those weird ingredients are at the end of the ingredient list?

This cool slideshow explains what things like carmine and carnuba wax (ingredients found in “natural food” products) are. Pretty neat: learned some new stuff.

5. Coconut Water health claims put to the test.

A recent study examined a few of the top brands of coconut water and found that the contents don’t live up to what their labels proclaim. It’s apparently not the sports drink alternative when it comes to serious training. Read about it here.

Have you ever tried any of the products I named? What do you think?

How would you rank grocery shopping on your “chore desirability” list?





2 thoughts on “5 Things Thursday : 8.18.11 : Consumer Edition

  1. Aww, that’s to bad about coconut water not being the great sports drink it’s touted to be. I still have a bunch but don’t drink it too often and probably won’t buy it much anymore…too expensive!

    P.S. Yesss, use barbells AND dumbbells!! Barbells allow you to lift much more and progress more, but I like using DBs to make sure my left and right sides are evenly matched and to bring up weakness (like DB benching to help my BB bench). If you switch or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂

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