Fish is a low-fat high quality protein. Fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin). Fish is rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week as part of a healthy diet. Fish is packed with protein, vitamins, and nutrients that can lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Eating fish is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential nutrients keep our heart and brain healthy. Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Our bodies don’t produce omega-3 fatty acids so we must get them through the food we eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in every kind of fish, but are especially high in fatty fish. Some good choices are salmon, trout, sardines, herring, canned mackerel, canned light tuna, and oysters.
The brighter the produce color is the better antioxidant it is. Blueberries (and other bright-colored berries), red cabbage, and eggplant are a few good antioxidant foods. In a study, Monica Giusti found that these produce not only stopped tumors from growing, but also killed about 20% of tumor cells.]]>
By age 18, the human brain stops growing. As a matter of fact, the human brain after age 18 begins to lose more than 1,000 brain cells each day. Do not fear: since the fully developed brain has over 100 billion cells, at the rate of losing 1,000 cells each day, it will take 300,000 years before your brain is out of cells.
So, in short … you are already losing brain cells as it is, so put down the iPad, turn off the TV, close the laptop, and get a good night’s sleep. Wake up refreshed and ready to face the day!]]>
To celebrate the first successful corn harvest in 1621, a group of Pilgrims and Native Americans held a three-day festival that’s now known as the first Thanksgiving. While history regarding the menu is a bit murky, the bountiful feast definitely included venison and wild fowl (probably duck or geese). Wild turkeys were common at the time, so it’s likely they were served as well. And, of course, the corn that they had harvested was eaten.
Although corn was bountiful, now-traditional trimmings like sweet potatoes and potatoes were not served, since these vegetables weren’t common then. Also absent were the pumpkin and pecan pies and other sweets synonymous with today’s feasts. Dessert at the first Thanksgiving was probably limited to fruits like berries and stewed pumpkins since the Pilgrims’ sugar supply had dwindled by that fall.
When the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line opened nearly 30 years ago, six home economists fielded questions from 11,000 phone calls in its first year.
Now more than 50 professionally trained, college-educated home economists and nutritionists will answer the questions of more than 100,000 curious cooks between November and December. They help callers troubleshoot such issues as which pan to use, what to do if the turkey is on fire, and what time to start cooking the turkey so it’s ready by halftime. The most-asked question is about how to properly thaw a turkey.
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If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner in 2011, prepare to shell out a bit more money than you did for last year’s feast. The average price of a dinner for 10 will cost about 13 percent more this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and all the trimmings will run $49.20, up from last year’s $43.47, and almost double the cost since 1991, when dinner averaged $25.95.
Blame most of the increase on the bird: A 16-pound turkey costs $21.57, or $1.35 per pound, this year. Last year, a bird of the same weight was about $1.10 per pound.
More turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, according to the National Turkey Federation. In 2010, 46 million of the 226 million turkeys consumed annually were eaten. Christmas and Easter came in at a distant second and third with 22 million and 19 million turkeys eaten, respectively.
But turkey is an increasingly popular year-round diet staple too. The bird has almost doubled in popularity in the United States over the last 35 years. In 1975, the average person ate 8.3 pounds per year. In 2010, people each gobbled 16.4 pounds annually.
Wondering what happened to that last piece of pie in the refrigerator after the big feast? Chances are the man of the house ate it. Six million men ages 35 to 54 admitted to polishing off the final slice of pie — and then denying it, according to the American Pie Council.
In other fun pie facts, one in five Americans has eaten an entire pie by themselves. That adds up to about 2,000 calories for an 8-inch pumpkin pie, around 2,500 calories for an apple pie, and up to 4,000 calories for a pecan pie.
Thirty-five percent of Americans have had pie for breakfast, 66 percent have had it for lunch, and 59 percent have eaten pie as a midnight snack.
Thanksgiving may kick off the notorious holiday weight gain season, but the good news is you’re probably not getting as plump as you think. Although many people fret about gaining five or 10 pounds, the average weight gain during the six-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is about one pound, according to a study from Tufts University in Boston.
However, turkey day itself can be a weight-gain landmine if you’re not careful. A typical turkey dinner has as many as 3,000 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise. In a study published in the Nutrition Journal, college students gained a little more than a pound in between the time before Thanksgiving and about two weeks later. If the students were already overweight, they gained about twice that amount.
Whether you’re a top chef or not, food safety during the holidays is especially important for you and your guests. One in six Americans gets sick each year from food-borne gems, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow these simple by-the-numbers rules for a safe and delicious holiday.
165 degrees Fahrenheit: The temperature when turkey (and stuffing if it’s cooked inside the bird) is safe to eat, as measured with a meat thermometer.
2 hours: The maximum amount of time that food should be left at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate dishes to prevent bacteria growth.
20 seconds: How long you should wash your hands to effectively clean them and remove potentially harmful bacteria after handling raw meat. Don’t want to count? Sing “Happy Birthday” twice in your head.
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Dill seeds are so small that approximately 10,000 dill seeds would be required to make an ounce.
Doctor’s believe 1 in 7 people can’t digest milk.
Due to sugar shortages to make candy during World War II, movie theater owners turned to popcorn, which is now the best selling snack at movie theaters today.
During World War II, Uncle Ben’s rice was the exclusive supplier of rice to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Dustin Phillips of the U.S. has the record for ketchup drinking. He drank a 14-ounce bottle of tomato ketchup through a ¼ inch straw in 33 seconds on September 23, 1999.
Each year all of the Hostess bakeries combined bake 500 million Twinkies a year.
Honey never spoils
Palm trees grew at the North Pole about 55 million years ago]]>
Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world.
Canola oil is actually rapeseed oil but the name was changed in Canada for marketing reasons.
Cashew nuts contain oil in the shell that is very irritating to the skin.
Cheddar cheese is the best selling cheese in the USA.
Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
Chili Powder was invented in the 19th century in the American Southwest.
Chocolate contains a very small amount of caffeine. A cup of decaffeinated coffee has approximately the same amount of caffeine as in 50 M&M’s.
Chocolate maker Cadbury uses more than sixty thousand tons of cocoa each year, in the United Kingdom alone.
Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne.
Corned beef got its name because this beef was preserved with pellets of salt that were the size of corn kernels, which was also referred to as “corns” of salt.]]>
Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world.
Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetables.
Bourbon was first made by a Baptist minister from Bourbon County in Kentucky in 1789. That is where it got its name.
Britons eat over 22,000 tons of french fries a week.
Burger King restaurants serve over 400 million ounces of orange juice annually.
Buttermilk does not contain any butter, but is a cultured milk product which is usually made from fat free milk.
By federal law, for a noodle to actually be a noodle it must have 5.5 percent egg solids in it, otherwise it cannot be called a noodle.
Caffeine is the world’s most popular stimulant.]]>
An egg that is fresh will sink in water, but a stale one won’t.
Annually, an Australian eats 15 kg of bananas, which comes out to 27 meters of bananas.
Annually, British people eat more than 15 pounds of beans.
Another name for licorice is “Sweet Wood” or “Spanish Juice.”
Approximately 125 people die in the United States from an anaphylaxis to foods each year.
Approximately 850 peanuts make a 18 oz jar of peanut butter.
Approximately three jars of peanut butter are sold every second.
Approximately two gallons of water are used to brush your teeth.
Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep. Now it takes only six minutes.
Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This same chemical is found in Prozac.
Bananas trees are not really trees. They are considered to be giant herb plants.]]>
According to legend, tea originated in China when tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.
According to Scandinavian traditions, if a boy and girl eat from the same loaf of bread, they are bound to fall in love.
Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War.
After chocolate and vanilla, orange is considered the world’s most favorite flavor.
Americans consume the most peanut butter in the world.
Americans consumed more than twenty billion hot dogs in 2000.
Americans eat approximately 20 pounds of pasta per person each year.
An American chews an average of 300 sticks of gum in a year.
An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged. They all taste sweet.
An average person consumes the equivalent of 26 gallons of milk a year, including almost 28 pounds of cheese.]]>