Health, Fitness and Nutritition Tips and
There is a lot of misinformation when
it comes to health, fitness and nutrition, so use the information to keep your
facts straight. By Joe Wilkes From the Million Dollar Body Club - Join Today and Workout to
It's the dog days of summer and
everyone's feeling lazy. You'll be surprised, though, at how many calories some
of these activities burn!
- Golfing with a cart. 254.5 calories per hour
(327.5 calories per hour if you carry your clubs instead)
Frisbee. 218.1 calories per hour (581.8 calories per hour if you can
get some Ultimate Frisbee going)
Driving to the
beach. 145.4 calories per hour
Standing in line at a
theme park. 87.2 calories per hour
Reading the hot new
summer novel. 72.7 calories per hour
- TRUE: Americans consume 50 million avocados on
Super Bowl Sunday. That's a lot of guacamole.
Enough to bury a football field with 12 feet of the green stuff. Most of those
avocados are probably Hass avocados as it is the only variety of avocado that
is grown year round. Now is the time to check out your farmers' market for the
seasonal varieties, including Reed and Zutano avocados. The average avocado has
300 calories and 30 grams of fat.
It's better to buy unwaxed cucumbers than waxed
cucumbers. The reason your grocer waxes the
cucumbers isn't just for looksit's to seal in the moisture content.
Cucumbers contain lots of water. In fact, they contain so much that their cores
are 20 degrees cooler than the air around them. This may be where we get the
phrase "cool as a cucumber." Waxed cucumbers will not lose their moisture as
quickly and will stay fresh longer. Generally, waxed cukes will last a week in
the refrigerator. Unwaxed or cut cucumbers should be wrapped tightly in
- TRUE: Beets can increase your sex drive.
Beets contain large amounts of boron, which is necessary
for the production of sex hormones. Additionally, boron reportedly fights the
effects of garlic breath, which most would agree is a turnoff in the love
Okra is native to the southern United States.
Okra is actually native to Africa and was brought to
America with the slave trade. Angolan slaves called it ngumbo, which
is where we get the word "gumbo" for the savory Creole stew. Okra is also
related to the mallow plants that were originally used to make marshmallows and
whose seeds are roasted and used to make perfume in some
- FALSE: Italy is the world's leading producer of
eggplant. Despite its popularity in Italian
cuisine, China produces 55 percent of the world's eggplant, with India a
distant second at 28 percent. In the world, more than 4 million acres of land
are devoted to growing eggplant.
You'll be surprised at the number of
calories in these 12 ounce servings of energy drinks
calories: Glaceau Fruitwater
- 75 calories: Gatorade
- 150 calories: Orange juice
- 155 calories: Red Bull
- 165 calories: Mountain Dew
- How many minutes does it take the average person to fall asleep?
Seven minutes. People who fall asleep in less than five
minutes are more likely to be sleep-deprived. Ideally, a person should fall
asleep in about 10 to 15 minutes. This means they are sleepy, but not
exhausted, and are less likely to be groggy when they wake up.
- How many dreams does
the average person experience each night? The average
person experiences about five dreams a night, ranging in length from 10 to 45
minutes, with dreams generally lasting longer as the night progresses. Non-REM
dreams are generally repetitive and dull, while REM dreams have the crazier,
more vivid plots.
- Who is more prone to insomniawomen or men?
Women are 20 to 50 percent more likely to suffer insomnia
- How long can the
average human being live without sleep? The average person
can only live for 10 days without sleep, as opposed to several weeks without
food. However, the longest waking period on record is 18 days, 21 hours, and 40
- Which country's citizens sleep the most and the
least? Australians sleep the most, with 31 percent
reporting more than nine hours of sleep per night. The Japanese sleep the
least, with 41 percent getting less than six hours of sleep a night. Seven of
the 10 most nocturnal nations are in Asia, but the real party animals are in
Portugal, where 75 percent stay up past midnight. (From Good Night: The
Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health by Dr.
You might be surprised at how many
calories are in these microwave foods
- 80 calories (3 grams of fat): Orville
Redenbacher Natural Light Popcorn (3 cups).
- 250 calories (5
grams of fat): Lean Cuisine Spaghetti with Meatballs.
- 296 calories (14 grams of fat): Nissin Ramen Cup
Noodles, chicken flavor (1 container).
- 348 calories (9
grams of fat): Bean and cheese burrito.
- 367 calories
(18 grams of fat!): Pepperoni Hot Pocket (1 pocket).
- What is the biggest selling restaurant food?
French fries are served with 22 percent of meals served in restaurants. Burgers
are in second place with 17 percent.
- Who were M&Ms invented for? M&Ms were
originally invented for soldiers to carry in their K rations as regular
chocolate tended to melt.
What costs more to produce in a can of soda, the can or the
soda? In most cases, the can costs more. Especially since the
invention of high-fructose corn syrup, sodas only cost a couple of pennies a
serving. With those kinds of profit margins, you can see how restaurants can
offer free refills.
- How much of a typical chicken nugget is chicken
meat? About 16 percent is meat. The rest is ground up chicken skin and
other ingredients. According to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's
Dilemma, there are
38 ingredients in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget.
56 percent of the nugget is corn.
- How many Twinkies do Americans consume each
year? 500 million. Chicago, the birthplace of the Twinkie, is also the
Twinkie-eatingest city. No statistics as to how many were deep-fried.
published the first cookbook? The first known cookbook
was published by the Vatican in 1475. Entitled Concerning Honest Pleasure
and Physical Well-Being, it was a collection of recipes assembled by
Vatican librarian Bartolomeo Sacchi.
- What is the
best-selling brand of kitchenware? Tupperware. Though not
available in stores, these burpable containers are the most popular items in
kitchens. Since 1946, they have been sold throughout the world through direct
sales. There are almost two million independent Tupperware salespeople. That's
a lot of Tupperware parties!
- Who standardized kitchen measurements (i.e., cups,
teaspoons)? Fannie Farmer (18571915). Her cookbook,
Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, which was later simply published as
the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, was the first cookbook to standardize
measures instead of approximating with phrases like "a handful" or "a small
lump" as previous cookbooks had done. Her precision paid off. Over a century
later, the cookbook is still in publication. The Fanny Farmer brand of candy
was named in tribute to her after her death.
- What is the oldest
recipe on record? A Sumerian recipe for beer was
discovered on cuneiform tablets believed to date back to 6000 BC. The recipe
involved mashing grains into cakes which were fermented and then mixed with
- What was the first TV cooking show? I
Love to Eat aired on NBC from 19461947 and was hosted by legendary
chef and writer James Beard (19031985). Beard ran a cooking school from
his Greenwich Village brownstone for 40 years. It now houses the James Beard
Foundation which, among other things, annually bestows honors on chefs and food
True or false?
Raisins are bad for your teeth.
- Energy gels work faster than energy bars do.
- Gatorade is named after the swampy water favored by
- Gorp is an acronym for Granola Oats Raisins and
Peanut butter is the most common butter made from nuts.
Raisins are bad for your teeth. Those
sticky raisins are about 60 percent sugars by weight, but that doesn't mean
they rot your teeth. In fact, a 2005 University of Chicago study found that the
phytochemicals in raisins suppress the growth of several species of oral
bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease.
Energy gels work faster than energy bars
do. Most bars contain fat, fiber, and protein that slow absorption,
while gels are designed specifically to digest quickly. Many nutrients in a gel
become available in minutes.
Gatorade is named after the swampy water favored
by alligators. Gatorade was created in Florida, after coaches for the
University of Florida football teamthe Gatorsasked researchers in
1965 to figure out how to boost the energy of players who were suffering from
- TRUE, maybe:
Gorp is an acronym for Granola Oats Raisins
and Peanuts. Also known as trail mix, gorp may stand for Good
Old Raisins and Peanuts, too. No one really knows where the term came
from. In any case, trail mix usually is a mixture of nuts and dried fruits such
as raisins or cranberries, though M&Ms or chocolate chips may also be
- FALSE: Peanut butter is the most
common butter made from nuts. Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. But
peanut butter is the most common spread made from crushing or grinding seeds.
Others include hazelnut butter, almond butter, and sesame seed butteralso
called tahini, common in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Some great American inventions and
when they were invented
- Coca-Cola 1886. Coca-Cola
was invented in 1886 by a pharmacist named Dr. John Pemberton. The original
recipe was sold for medicinal purposes and included extracts of cocaine and the
kola nut, giving the drink its name. In its first year of production, only $50
worth of product was sold, not covering the initial $70 investment. In 1905,
cocaine was taken out of the recipe, and it began to be marketed as a soft
- Double Bubble
bubble gum 1928. The first bubble gum was
invented in 1906 by Frank Fleer, but was never sold. In 1928, Walter Diemer
updated the formula, creating the pink chew we enjoy today. Chewing gum was
invented in 1848 from spruce sap. Later, Thomas Adams realized chicle was a
better gum ingredient as he investigated its use in tire
- The commercial metal lunchbox 1950.
The first lunchbox was produced in 1950 by Aladdin, and
featured Hopalong Cassidy. Many more lunchbox tie-ins followed, although metal
lunchboxes began to be phased out in the 1970s over parental concerns that
schoolchildren were braining each other with them on the playground. Plastic
ones sprung up to replace them. The last weapons-grade metal lunchbox,
appropriately enough, featured Rambo in 1985.
- The Pez
dispenser 1952. The Pez dispenser was
invented in 1952. Pez itself was invented by Austrian Eduard Haas in 1927. Its
name was short for pfefferminze, the German word for "peppermint." The
peppermint candies were designed to help people quit smoking. In 1952, to boost
lagging sales, the candies were reformulated in fruit flavors to appeal to
kids, and in a masterstroke of marketing, a dispenser was invented so kids
could enjoy candy which came from a hole in the throat of their favorite
- The TV dinner 1954. Gerry Thomas invented the Swanson TV dinner in 1954, as the
boob tube was beginning to assume its dominant position as the centerpiece of
American family life. In the 1960s, as shame over TV addiction began to set in,
the term "TV dinner" was replaced with "frozen dinner." In 1986, the aluminum
trays were replaced with microwaveable trays, so the product could be enjoyed
using both of America's favorite electronic boxes.