Bee Pollen Research Project – Science

What nutrients are in your superfood and what do they do?

The superfood that I chose was bee pollen. Bee pollen contains a lot of protein, approximately 24.1 grams of protein per 100g. Bee pollen also contains 314 calories per 100g, 4.9g of fat, and 43.5g carbohydrates per 100g. Most of these nutrients can do a good job of feeding your body energy. Carbohydrates are the main nutrients in bee pollen, so that is what I will be focusing on. Carbohydrates are not only used for feeding your body energy, but they are also for helping your different cells in your body recognise each other which will keep your body working together in a smooth way. Some problems with eating too much carbohydrates is that you will consume too many calories and then if you either eat too much or don’t exercise, that will turn into fat. Another problem with carbohydrates, is that, if you eat too much, it will drastically increase your blood sugar levels, and have an increased risk to develop type 2 diabetes, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Without enough carbohydrates, you will start losing weight, if you do not eat enough carbohydrates for a long amount of time, you will become very skinny. Sometimes losing parts of your muscles.

What are some other foods that contain similar nutrients?

I compared bee pollen with oats, because they are both high in protein and carbohydrates, and low in fats. They both have under 7 grams of fat, bee pollen having 4.9 and oats having 6.9. they both also have under 400 calories, bee pollen having 314 calories and oats having 389 calories. Although bee pollen has 43.5 grams of carbohydrates and oats have 66.27 grams of carbohydrates, they are both over 50% protein and they are both very high in carbohydrates. Same with protein. Bee pollen has 24.1 grams of protein while oats have 16.89 grams of protein but, protein is in both, their second highest ingredient, excluding sugar, which oats do not have.

For my second food, I compared bee pollen with 100% whole wheat bread, because they both have very similar nutrients when it comes to fats and carbohydrates. For fats, 100% whole wheat bread has 4.2 grams of fat while bee pollen has 4.9 grams. When it comes to carbohydrates, 100% whole wheat bread has 46.1 grams of carbohydrates while bee pollen has 43.5 grams. The prices aren’t so equal. A loaf 100% whole wheat bread (400g) is around 0.56 dollars which for 100 grams is approximately 0.14 dollars, this is extremely cheap. For the bee pollen, 100 grams is $4.48. A you can see, bee pollen has more protein and and fat, but also costs more, so it basically choosing from nutrients or prices.

What are some issues with Bee Pollen?

I learned that bee pollen has a lot of sugars. I know what you are thinking. Sugars are in everything and they do me no harm. The problem is that too much sugar is that they will make you gain a lot of weight if you do not burn it off by exercising. If you eat too much sugar without burning it off, you can become obese, and increase your blood sugars, which could cause type 2 diabetes. Too much sugar can also damage and dirty your teeth, according to Wellness Mama, the the American public spends more than 54 million dollars per year on dental care, and contributing to this, is too much sugar in our diets. Also, people that are allergic to pollen, can have allergic reactions that can sometimes be severe, which can include having a hard time breathing.

What is wrong with the term ‘superfood’?

I believe that the term ‘superfood’ is more about selling you a product than actually being amazingly healthy. Some foods have better nutrients than others and they still aren’t considered ‘superfoods’. For example, kale is a superfood and still there are many other foods that have better nutrients than kale such as collard greens. People may not notice this but there are many other examples just like this, and this means that we could be getting ripped off because ‘superfoods’ typically cost more than any other food. I would recommend eating bee pollen over oats because the oats have too much carbohydrates. I would also recommend eating bee pollen over 100% whole wheat bread because bee pollen and 100% whole wheat bread have around the same ingredients, except the bee pollen has a lot more protein and I do believe that this is what made me choose bee pollen over whole wheat bread, because protein is an important nutrient that builds up your body.


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