Before I tell you, let me tell you why I ask.
Last week, we ran a big analysis to find the ten best recipes for pregnant women. Fried ice cream, au gratin potatoes, and breaded chicken all showed up in the top ten.
That seemed wrong.
In fact, it wasn't just those three recipes. Six of the top ten seemed highly suspicious:
Long Boy Burgers
Oven "Fried" Chicken
Fried Ice Cream
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Breaded Ranch Chicken
Seriously, should we really be recommending that pregnant women have a daily allowance of fried ice cream?
After careful examination, we finally realized what was going on.
All six recipes have one thing in common.
Our scoring system included three nutrients that are really hard to get from natural foods: thiamin, vitamin b12, and vitamin d.
Less than 5% of recipes contain enough of those three nutrients. Corn flakes are fortified with all three.
Is this fair? Should the nutrition in fortified foods count just as much as naturally occurring nutrition?
We didn't think so, but what do you think?
Maybe we should have called our post "Throw out the prenatal, eat corn flakes instead."