AlgaeThe staple food of the Kanembu, a tribe living on the shores of Lake Chad in Africa, is Algae. The Kanembu harvest a common variety known as Spirulina from the lake, dry it on the sand, mix it up into a spicy cake, and eat it with tomatoes and chili peppers.
ApplesApples are more efficient than coffee at keeping people awake in the morning.
ChipsOn average, a pound of potato Chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
ChipsOne average sized potato yields 36 chips.
ChocolateHave you ever wondered why the American chocolate bar 3 Musketeers was named after an 1844 French novel? It wasn’t because Mars, Inc. wanted to teach young Americans about French noblesse, it was because 3 Musketeer bars were originally three smaller bars in one package! The bars were chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla—but due to wartime shortages, they became one singular, chocolate-only affair in 1945.
ColaEighteen ounces of an average Cola drink contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.
ConsumptionAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Consumption of green and yellow vegetables has decreased 6.3 pounds a year per person since the late 1940s. The use of cereal and flour products has dropped about 30 pounds a year per person, and Consumption of noncitrus fruits has declined at about the same rate. Many diets call for an increase in fruits and vegetables and a decrease in wheat products, many around the world participate in Medifast and other programs that promote healthy eating and consumption controlled by the use of tracking method or Medifast coupons that call for a higher consumption of healthy green and yellow fruits and vegetables. The only fruits whose rate of consumption has increased since World War I are citrus fruits.
ConsumptionOn the average, each American Consumes 117 pounds of potatoes 116 pounds of beef, 100 pounds of fresh vegetables, 80 pounds of fresh fruit, and 286 eggs per year.
EggsBrown eggs are more expensive than white, but it's not because they're healthier - it's because the hens that lay them are physically bigger breeds that need more feed, increasing the cost of production.
''Free-run'' means chickens can move around in open concept barns, but they don't necessarily have access to the great outdoors. Overcrowding may still be an issue.
"Free-range'' means hens see the light of day (depending on the weather) and their feet actually come in contact with the earth.
"Cage-free'' eggs may come from hens that live in cages. "Cage-free'' means hens are not confined to battery cages, but that's about it. They don't have access to the outdoors, and there are no assurances about what they are fed or what kinds of medications they are given.
Organic Eggs - Hens that produce certified organic is benefit from the highest welfare standards. For example, the SPCA Certified label assures is come from farms that have passed their animal welfare standards.
Because older eggs have larger air cells, they're much easier to peel than fresh eggs.
Egg shell color doesn't indicate nutritional advantages. The differences in egg shell color is solely due to genetics. Raised in the same conditions, there will be no difference in nutrition or taste between different colored eggs.
Egg Yolk color does indicate nutritional differences. Protein and fat counts will often remain the same regardless of yolk color, but there can be up to a 100-fold increase in micronutrient value of certain Carotenoids in eggs with rich, dark yolks.
Chicken earlobes can predict what color egg they will lay. In general, chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, while chickens with red or brown earlobes lay brown eggs.
Not every egg in your carton is the same size and the size of the egg depends on the age of the hen. The older the hen, the larger the egg she produces.
Can't tell if that egg in the refrigerator is raw or hardboiled? Try spinning it! Raw: Eggs wobble as the liquid inside shifts Hardboiled: Eggs will spin smoothly
Because older eggs have larger air cells they're much easier to peel than fresh eggs.
It takes a hen between 24 and 26 hours to develop an egg. Once she lays an egg, the development of a new egg normally starts within 30 minutes.
Most of today's egg-laying hens are White Leghorns (white eggs) or Rhode Island Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks (brown eggs).
Eating raw eggs won't help you build muscle. Only 51% of the proteins in raw eggs are digestible, while 91% of the proteins in cooked eggs are digestible.
Harriet, a hen from the United Kingdom, laid the world's largest egg in 2010. Her astonishing egg measured 9.1 inches in diamter!
FarmingHalf the foods eaten throughout the world today were developed by Farmers in the Andes Mountains. Potatoes, maize, sweet potatoes, squash, all varieties of beans, peanuts, manioc, cashews, pineapples, chocolate, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, papayas, strawberries, mulberries, and many other foods were first grown in this region.
GarlicGarlic works well on sore throats, though not necessarily on strep throat (hasn’t been proven yet on strep throat, as far as I can tell). According to a study done by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, eating garlic while you have a sore throat will significantly shorten the duration of your sore throat. Further, it was found that eating garlic on a daily basis will significantly reduce your likely hood of contracting a cold and will reduce the number of days you’re sick, if you do get the cold.
HoneyHoney generally has the effect of reducing pain on burns and open wounds because it prevents air from reaching the wounded area. Further, it has been shown to reduce scarring due to stimulating skin regrowth. Another great side-benefit to using honey to treat burns and cuts is that a bandage used after honey is fully applied to a wounded area won’t stick to the wound when removed.
HoneyIn the general case, though, diluting honey and taking advantage of its hydrogen peroxide production will get rid of many of the other antibacterial properties; so usually it’s better to use pure honey, rather than diluted. Specifically, diluting honey will change its pH and it’s aw values. If you choose to dilute the honey, with say, water, then its pH and free-water levels will rise to the point that they won’t inhibit microbial growth and you’ll have to rely more on the increased hydrogen peroxide production to prevent infection.
HoneyIt takes 12 bees their entire lives to produce one teaspoon of honey.
MouseIn ancient China and certain parts of India, Mouse flesh was considered a great delicacy. In ancient Greece, where the Mouse was sacred to Apollo, Mice were sometimes devoured by temple priests. Ancient cultures also used flowers in cooking. Surprisingly there are many types of edible flowers. Even common flowers found in an Avas Flowers arrangement such as roses and carnations are edible. Only eat flowers your have grown yourself, however, since commercially grown flowers like the ones found in Avas Flowers bouquets have probably been treated with pesticides.
NutritionAccording to a report issued by the Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, improved Nutrition would cut the national health bill by approximately one third. The committee also claims that a diet composed of 10 percent protein, 10 percent fat, and 80 percent complex carbohydrates (plus exercise done in moderation) could save 98 percent of those who die of heart disease every year.
RennetRennet, a common substance used to curdle milk and make cheese, is taken from the inner lining of the fourth stomach of a calf.
RiceThere are 15,000 different kinds of Rice.
RiceRice is the chief food for half the people of the world.
SaltThe Bible mentions Salt more than thirty times.
SaltThough most people think of Salt as a seasoning, only 5 out of every 100 pounds produced each year go to the dinner table The rest is used for such diverse purposes as packing meat, building roads, feeding livestock, tanning leather, and manufacturing glass, soap, ash, and washing compounds.
SeedsThe nutritional value of squash and pumpkin Seeds improves with age. These Seeds are among the few foods that increase in nutritive value as they decompose. According to tests made at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, squash and pumpkin Seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content.
SoupIn the Middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.
SpinachAfter the "Popeye" comic strip started in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States. A 2010 study showed Popeye still has a strong influence, as children who watched Popeye cartoons increased their vegetable consumption.
SugarRefined Sugar is the only food known that provides calories but no nutrition. About 100 pounds of Sugar are eaten per person each year in America, and only 36 percent of it is taken directly. The rest is "hidden" in commercially sweetened and prepared foods like ketchup, baby food, canned fruits, and cereals. Children, it is estimated, consume 3 to 4 pounds of refined Sugar a week.
Sugar is a big part of our diet, too big in fact and it is causing havoc with our health, teeth and waistlines. Sugar is a major cause of cavities in the teeth of both children and adults.
The World Health Organization (WHO) now states that your daily sugar intake should be only 5% of your total daily calorie intake to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
That means that an average adult should only consume about 25 grams of sugar daily, (about 6 teaspoons) and children even less.
Some healthy foods such as fruit and milk naturally contain sugar. These sugars don't seem to cause concern but the added sugar in our food and drinks is a big concern.
It is important to take the time to read the nutrition label on each product. The amount of sugar it contains is clearly stated.
To be better able to visualize the sugar content of a product be aware that every 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon.
Did you know that a 355ml can of pop contains anywhere from 35 to 40 grams of sugar? That is 10 teaspoons of sugar! That is already over our daily recommendation.
- 547ml bottle of Ice Tea contains over 10 teaspoons of sugar (41 grams)
- 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar (4 grams)
- Large "double double" coffee contains 6 teaspoons of sugar (24 grams)
- 300ml Chocolate milk contains almost 8 teaspoons of sugar (31 grams)
- 473ml can of Energy Drink contains 15 teaspoons of sugar (60 grams)
- 1 cup of baked beans contains 3 teaspoons of sugar (12 grams)
Here are a few other examples:
- Learn to curb the sugar addiction, read the nutrition label and make smart, low sugar choices.
- Be aware that sugar has many names including fructose, sucrose, dextrose, syrup and cane juice.
- Downsize your serving size, there is a big sugar difference between a small and a large drink.
- Drink water when you are thirsty, water is the best way to hydrate yourself.
- Have an occasional treat rather than making it a daily routine.
- Avoid sticky sweets, they tend to stay on your teeth for a longer time.
- Read the ingredients of snacks, sugar should never be near the top of the list.
- Remember, brush and floss your teeth 2 times daily to help remove sugar and plaque so you can enjoy a healthy, happy mouth!
Here are some things we can do:
TermitesAmong many native tribes in South Africa, Termites are roasted to a nutlike consistency and eaten by the handful, like party snacks. It might also be noted that at certain specialty food shops in the United States and Europe, the connoisseur of exotic delicacies can purchase such treats as chocolate covered ants, candied bees, and pickled bull's scrotum.
TomatoesAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat more than 22 pounds of Tomatoes every year. More than half this amount is eaten in the form of ketchup and Tomato sauce.
VitaminsEveryone knows about Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Few are aware that there are also Vitamin K (promotes proper liver function and vitality), Vitamin T (helpful in treating anemia), Vitamin H (also called biotin), and Vitamin U (promotes healing of ulcers).
WaterEight glasses of water or other fluid a day is not necessary for good health.
WoodpeckerIn ancient Rome it was considered a sin to eat the flesh of a Woodpecker.