Turkey Lore

Turkey Lore

Early explorers to the New World quickly acquired a taste for turkey and took birds back to Europe. By the 1500s, turkeys were raised domestically in Italy, France and England…

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds Helps raise good cholesterol, HDL, and lower bad cholesterol, LDL, because they contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. Nature’s “happy pills” – contain lots of tryptophan, good for relaxation and sleep, and also glutamate, a precursor of GABA, one of the neurotransmitters that calms the brain. Pumpkin Seeds by Brian Jackson, CT CC by 2.0 Full of magnesium and zinc – Magnesium is hard to come by in the American diet, and a majority of us are deficient in it. Zinc is also a common deficiency. It is important to have enough zinc because it is one of the most important elements in preventing osteoporosis. Contains fiber – which increases the satisfied “full feeling” that keeps you from getting hungry and binge eating. Natural anti-inflammatory – effectively reduces inflammation helping with arthritis. Used in traditional cultures – prevents and treats parasites. Helps prevent kidney stones – prevents calcium oxalate formation.     What about pumpkin itself? It has beta carotene and potassium. Beta carotene, the same B vitamin that is in carrots, is a player in preventing everything from cancer to wrinkles! A cup of pumpkin contains more potassium than a banana – it’s going to have to be a good sized piece of pie to get a cup! Cite this… (new...
4th of July Cookout Facts

4th of July Cookout Facts

As with many holidays, the 4th of July celebration includes food, drink and the realization of how fortunate we are as a nation. As of 1999, 66 million Americans said they had taken part in a barbeque during the previous year and 32 million in a picnic. It’s probably safe to assume a good number of these events took place on the Fourth. Though we do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you can almost count on traditional favorites, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods are produced: * The beef on your backyard grill could have come from Texas. It was the leading state in the production of cattle and calves, accounting for 7.5 billion lbs. of the nation’s total production of 42.8 billion lbs. in 2000. * Your hot dogs and ribs may have originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State had a total inventory of 14.9 million hogs and pigs as of March 1, 2002 — about one-fourth of the nation’s total. * The chicken on your barbecue grill may have come from one of the top six broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas. The value of production in each of these states exceeded $1 billion in 2001. These states combined for well over half of the nation’s broiler production. * The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounted for nearly three-quarters of the value of this product in 2001. * The fresh tomatoes...
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