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5 benefits of honey
Many of us have a jar of honey in the cupboard, but when’s the last time you’ve actually had some? Consider these five benefits from the National Honey Board:
— A great source of carbohydrates, honey provides a portable boost of energy during your workout. Add a spoonful to your water the next time you go out for a run.
— Whether your sore throat is from a cold, allergies or sinus problems, a spoonful of honey will relieve irritation. Mix with fruit juice for a boost of vitamin C.
— Since honey naturally retains moisture, it can be used as a face mask, bath soak and hair conditioner.
— Its ability to retain moisture means honey can also extend the shelf life of baked goods.
— While studies are not definitive, many swear by regular doses of local honey to help relieve seasonal allergies.
5 facts about gum that will burst your bubble
From mint and cinnamon to watermelon, cherry and numerous flavors in between, people of all ages enjoy chewing gum. In fact, it’s one of the oldest candies in the world. Here are five facts from the International Chewing Gum Association:
— The natural gum resin is called chicle and is obtained from the sapodilla tree.
— Spearmint, peppermint and cinnamon are among the most popular flavors.
— The largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter.
— The country with the largest number of chewing gum manufacturers is Turkey, with more than 60 producers.
— More than 1,000 varieties of gum are manufactured and sold in the U.S.
Is hidden salt hurting your health?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note the top 10 foods that contribute to a significant amount of the salt Americans consume are:
1. Breads and rolls
2. Cold cuts and cured meat (e.g., deli or packaged ham or turkey)
4. Fresh and processed poultry
6. Sandwiches such as cheeseburgers
8. Pasta dishes (not including macaroni and cheese)
9. Meat-mixed dishes such as meatloaf and tomato sauce
10. Snacks such as chips, pretzels and popcorn
To limit hidden salt intake, the experts at the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend reading nutrition labels when grocery shopping, researching menu items prior to eating out and making healthy meals at home using whole foods.
It’s also important to talk with a doctor about your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family health history and ways to prevent health problems before they start. Visit familydoctor.org to learn more.
Food for Thought: What you didn’t know about honey
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