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Two healthy holiday eating ideas, a review update and common food lore

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Two Holiday/Healthy Eating Ideas

It's best to do just do your regular meal the day of a holiday party, because according to Melanie Cypress, Ph.D, president-elect of Health Care and Education at the American Diabetes Association. And always chew your food throughly; a 2011 study showed that those who chewed 40 times were far more likely to have 12 percent less calories overall than those who chewed 15 times throughout a meal.

Prepare a few dishes that all will enjoy, regardless of health concern (such as veggie and fruit-based salads and appetizers).

Review Update of Smucker's Natural Orange Marmalade Fruit Spread and Orchard's Finest Michigan Red Tart Cherry Preserves

I tried the Natural Orange Fruit Spread and Orchard's Finest Michigan Red Tart Cherry Preserves on some of the Thanksgiving Day meal.
The results: I liked the orange marmalade fruit spread on the turkey stuffing and cranberry sauce; it was good.
But when I added the red tart cherry preserves, that turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce became awesome! (I put the preserves on the turkey, and mixed a little bit of the preserves in the stuffing and cranberry sauce.)
The taste and flavors all worked and blended in perfectly; delicious!
I'm definitely using the marmalades and preserves on the leftovers, including sandwiches.
And I'm still using them on toast-and have recently added waffles!
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Common Food Lore (and the Truth)

“No swimming for an hour after you eat; you'll cramp up.” It is true that when we eat, our bodies divert blood to the stomach to aid in digestion, but this process doesn't immobilize your arms and legs. In fact, did you know that long-distance swimmers are regularly fed in the middle of races to make sure they stay hydrated and nourished (what's dangerous for swimmers is having a martini-or two).

“You should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” In the 1940s, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council recommended one milliliter of water for each calorie of food (a 1,900-calorie diet would would out to about 64 ounces of water a day. But the next sentence of the research study was ignored: “Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.” In 2002, a kidney specialist, Heinz Valtin, M.D., concluded that the eight-glass rule was an accident. Most of our water gets to the human body in non-water form. The “right” amount of water to drink is whatever your thirst demands-and it doesn't have to be water!

Sugar makes you hyper.” Candy, sodas and sugary cereals can cause kids to have a “sugar high”, thus rendering them hyperactive (bouncing off the walls!). But according to dozens of recent studies, it's not the sugar that winds them up, it's many of the occasions at which kids tend to eat lots of sugar (like birthday parties and holidays) that tend to be chaotic in the first place (.but cutting down on sugar is still great for kids' health, weight and teeth)

Sources: “ Stay Healthy-Smarter Holiday Eating” by Melinda Wenner Moyer-Parade magazine, Nov. 17, 2013, and “The Truth, The Whole Truth.....” by Ken Jennings-Parade magazine, Dec. 16, 2012



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