Continuing my research on my favorite snack Cream Cheese and Chives crackers I looked up the full report of the food including the ingredients and nutritional information. Below is some of the information I found out about the protein and fat of this food!
1. What is protein?
Protein is primarily found in animal products and is a macronutrient that is essential to creating muscle mass. Macronutrients give the body energy and provide calorie intake. Protein is made up of amino acids which are the main building blocks for protein; which help create muscle mass.
2. How much protein is this food item contributing to the % DV? What does that mean?
The daily value for protein is about 50 grams, the amount of protein in the crackers was 3.00 grams therefore making the the contribution to the daily value percentage 6% based on a 2,000 calorie diet. This means that on a 2,000 calorie based diet 6% of your daily intake of protein is being contributed from this food. The daily value shows how much of a nutrient is included in a single serving of a food.
3. What ingredients in your food item are contributing the protein?
Cream Cheese, Buttermilk, Nonfat Dry Milk, Sodium Caseinate, Spices (Chives and Parsley)
4. How many calories in your food item are due to protein? How can you tell?
Each gram of protein contains 4 calories and since there are 3 grams in the food there are 12 calories from protein.
1. What is Fat?
Fats are composed of esters of three fatty acids and the alcohol glycerol, fats are also known as triglycerides and they are solids.
2. How much fat is this food item contributing to the % DV? What does that mean?
There is 15% of the daily value of fat included in this food. This can be found directly on the food label on the right side and does not have to calculated like I had to do for protein. This means that the daily value of fat that is contributed from the crackers is 15%.
3. What ingredients in your food item are contributing the fat?
Vegetable Oils, Cream Cheese, Peanut Oil, Buttermilk, Spices (Chives and Parsley), Soy Lecithin
4. What types of Fats does your food item contain? What are these different types of fat and why should we care?
Fatty acids, total saturated
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
Saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids can all be used to make triglycerides, and saturated fatty acids specifically refer to no double bonds. Together they all refer to the composition of fatty acid chains that make up the triglycerides or fat in the product. Also different triglycerides from different sources contain different types of fatty acids therefore giving the products different physical properties; ex. liquid or solid.
5. How many calories in your food item are due to fat? How can you tell?
There are 90 calories that are due to fat in the crackers and I can tell this because on the original nutrition label it is listed on the top right section of the label.