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St. Patrick's Day

Test Your St. Patrick's Day IQ!

By Joe Wilkes
From the Million Dollar Body Club - Join Today and Workout to Win!

  1. Corned Beef SandwichFALSE: Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish meal. Actually, it's more of a traditional Irish-American meal. In olden Ireland, with grazing land scarce, cows were kept largely for dairy, and were not eaten at nearly the rate as they were in America, where land was plentiful. Irish immigrants would prepare a traditional stew that in the old country was made with cabbage and some type of smoked pork, usually the bacon joint. In America, with beef being more readily available, the recipe was altered. Beef was preserved by corning, or brining it, and added to the stew in lieu of a cut of bacon. Corned beef is actually a very lean choice of meats, but you might want to boil it a little longer than some recipes say if you want to cut your sodium. Also, go for the flat cut or brisket instead of the cheaper point cut, which is much higher in fat.

  2. StewFALSE: Beef is the traditional meat ingredient for Irish stew. Traditionally, lamb or mutton chops were used in a classic stew.

  3. FALSE: The Irish brought the potato to America. In fact, the potato was introduced to Ireland in the late 1700s, brought over from the Americas. By the mid-1800s the potato had become such an important part of Irish life, that the 1845 crop failure caused the infamous potato famine, which was responsible for the deaths of millions.

  4. Lucky CharmsTRUE: Lucky Charms were the first cereal to include marshmallows. The original marshmallow lineup was pink hearts, orange stars, yellow moons, and green clovers, though some have been replaced with new marshmallow shapes over the years. They are in fact not Irish, and are not sold in Ireland, where the marketing campaign would be considered on a par with Aunt Jemima for cultural sensitivity. For those that don't get enough artificial colors and flavors from the original, they now also come in Chocolate and Berry flavors. It is highly debatable whether or not they are "magically delicious."

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