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Health, Fitness and Nutritition Tips and Facts

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 Win!

Test Your Dog Days of Summer IQ

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!

  1. BeachGolfing with a cart. 254.5 calories per hour (327.5 calories per hour if you carry your clubs instead)

  2. Throwing a Frisbee. 218.1 calories per hour (581.8 calories per hour if you can get some Ultimate Frisbee going)

  3. Driving to the beach. 145.4 calories per hour

  4. Standing in line at a theme park. 87.2 calories per hour

  5. Reading the hot new summer novel. 72.7 calories per hour

Test Your Summer Vegetable IQ!

  1. AvocadosTRUE: 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.

  2. FALSE: It's better to buy unwaxed cucumbers than waxed cucumbers. The reason your grocer waxes the cucumbers isn't just for looks—it'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 plastic.

  3. BeetsTRUE: 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 department.

  4. FALSE: 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 cultures.

  5. EggplantFALSE: 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.

Test Your Energy Drink IQ!

You'll be surprised at the number of calories in these 12 ounce servings of energy drinks

  1. Drinks30 calories: Glaceau Fruitwater

  2. 75 calories: Gatorade

  3. 150 calories: Orange juice

  4. 155 calories: Red Bull

  5. 165 calories: Mountain Dew

Test Your Sleep IQ!

  1. Odd SleepingHow 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Tired EyesWho is more prone to insomnia—women or men? Women are 20 to 50 percent more likely to suffer insomnia than men.

  4. 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 minutes.

  5. Sleeping KangarooWhich 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. Michael Breus)

Test Your Microwave Food IQ!

You might be surprised at how many calories are in these microwave foods

  1. Popcorn80 calories (3 grams of fat): Orville Redenbacher Natural Light Popcorn (3 cups).

  2. 250 calories (5 grams of fat): Lean Cuisine Spaghetti with Meatballs.

  3. Cup Noodles296 calories (14 grams of fat): Nissin Ramen Cup Noodles, chicken flavor (1 container).

  4. 348 calories (9 grams of fat): Bean and cheese burrito.

  5. 367 calories (18 grams of fat!): Pepperoni Hot Pocket (1 pocket).

Test Your Junk Food IQ!

  1. BurgerWhat 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.

  2. M&M'sWho were M&Ms invented for? M&Ms were originally invented for soldiers to carry in their K rations as regular chocolate tended to melt.

  3. Coke 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.

  4. Chicken NuggetHow 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.

  5. TwinkiesHow 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.

Test Your Cooking IQ!

  1. CookbookWho 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Spoon MeasureWho standardized kitchen measurements (i.e., cups, teaspoons)? Fannie Farmer (1857–1915). 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.

  4. 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 warm water.

  5. James BeardWhat was the first TV cooking show? I Love to Eat aired on NBC from 1946–1947 and was hosted by legendary chef and writer James Beard (1903–1985). 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 writers.

Test Your Energy Snack IQ!

True or false?

  1. Raisins are bad for your teeth.

  2. Energy gels work faster than energy bars do.

  3. Gatorade is named after the swampy water favored by alligators.

  4. Gorp is an acronym for Granola Oats Raisins and Peanuts.

  5. Peanut butter is the most common butter made from nuts.

Answers

  1. RaisinsFALSE: 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.

  2. TRUE: 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.

  3. GatoradeFALSE: Gatorade is named after the swampy water favored by alligators. Gatorade was created in Florida, after coaches for the University of Florida football team—the Gators—asked researchers in 1965 to figure out how to boost the energy of players who were suffering from heat-related illnesses.

  4. 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 included.

  5. Peanut ButterFALSE: 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 butter—also called tahini, common in Middle Eastern cuisine.


Test Your American Food Invention IQ!

Some great American inventions and when they were invented

  1. Coca-ColaCoca-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 drink.

  2. 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 production.

  3. Lunch BoxThe 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.

  4. 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 cartoon character.

  5. TV DinnersThe 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.

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