More bad (vitamin) maths
Looks like I’ll be able to do a weekly blog on this idiotic regular snippet in the Daily Mail Good Health. Last week it was how (not) to get vitamin B12, this week is it how (not) to get magnesium – which is a mineral for starters – not even a vitamin!
I did notice that there is no name next to the article this week – it has gone in anonymously – good to see that no dietician or nutritionist is putting their name to this nonsense this week.
The article suggests this week: “How to get your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 300mg magnesium”:
2 poppadums (that is how it is spelled in the article) + a 40g bowl of All Bran + 11 Brazil nuts = 300mg of magnesium.
The trouble is – that mixture also adds up to a whole load of different flours, salt and vegetable oil in the poppadums and more wheat (bran), sugar and glucose fructose syrup in the All Bran. Why not just consume the brazil nuts? You’d need 80 grams at 525 calories to get your magnesium from the nuts. Nuts are very nutritious, but they are not great for people trying to lose weight, as they are high in carbs and fat and this combination facilitates human fat tissue storage very nicely (triglyceride formation).
Another way of getting magnesium would be 92 grams of sunflower seeds at 540 calories – again seeds are highly nutritious but high in both fat and carb content – that great fat storing combination. Sunflower seeds are also the best natural source of vitamin E – which is the body’s natural antioxidant.
Lowest calorie way to get 300mg of magnesium? 380 grams of raw spinach (that’s a lot!) for 87 calories.
Sugar free cereal option for magnesium? Over 200 grams of porridge oats (that’s also a lot) for over 800 calories.
Most fun way to get 300mg of magnesium? 60 grams of natural cocoa powder for 137 calories and a great source of protein too. Get out your very dark chocolate and leave the wheat and sugar concoctions alone.