FUN AND FAST: “10 Facts About Food You Didn’t Know” for National Nutrition Month. Are you ready to put your best fork forward?
March kicks off National Nutrition Month! With the launch of my e-book “75 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids” on March 6, 2017, I thought I would share some facts about food that you may not know.  Whether going out to eat or eating in, it is important to know what we are consuming and the effects it could have on us. It’s vital to remember that we have the ability to know what we eat and the nutritional value behind them.
Facts About Food
There are some facts about food that are just fun to know and others that play a significant role in our health. For instance, it’s fun to know that Oklahoma’s state vegetable is a watermelon or that chocolate used to be currency and that 70% of olive oil sold is not pure olive oil. But today let’s focus on the facts that show how food can affect our body, health, and skin which leads us to our first fact.
- FACT NUMBER 1: Did you know that consuming dairy could increase acne? Many people who struggle with acne don’t realize how big of an impact diet could be having on that. The more milk products that one eats, the more a person could break out.
- FACT NUMBER 2: Although coffee typically gets a lot of grief, it is the biggest source of antioxidants in an average diet.
- FACT NUMBER 3: In the 1800’s ketchup was used as a form of medicine. In that period it would be used to treat physical symptoms due to Dr. John Cook Bennett, an Ohio Physician who believed that ketchup could be used to treat violent bilious attacks, and indigestion. The recipe for tomato ketchup in concentrated pill form sold as a patented medicine across the world.
- FACT NUMBER 4: Eating bananas can help fight depression! Due to its high levels of tryptophan, which converts into serotonin, bananas can make people happier or keep them balanced. Eating bananas before a workout can help give you the extra energy you need and help sustain your blood sugar. Bananas also have the ability to reduce PMS symptoms by regulating blood sugar and producing stress-relieving relaxation.
- FACT NUMBER 5: There are many ways for us to get added nutrition without realizing it! A lot of milk, juice and yogurt products have the ability to enrich food with EPA and DHA-omega- 3 fatty acids, which is the same as taking fish oil supplements.
- FACT NUMBER 6: Pineapples have an enzyme called bromelain that helps break down proteins. That enzyme is responsible for the prickly sensation people sometimes experience after eating a pineapple. Some say bromelain prevents muscle soreness after intense exercise, but according to Web MD, “the evidence suggests bromelain doesn’t work for this.” 
- FACT NUMBER 7: Cucumbers are great for hydration! They are 96% water which is why they are considered one of the most hydrating foods to eat.
- FACT NUMBER 8: You can cure hiccups with sugar! By dry swallowing a teaspoon of sugar, you can commonly cure hiccups.
- FACT NUMBER 9: Carrots are a great snack! They have almost zero fat content which makes them a delicious and healthy choice.
Last but not least:
- FACT NUMBER 10: Blueberries are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber making them a great fruit to implement into our healthy lives.
You can find more nutrition information on FIXATE™ featuring healthy recipes via Beachbody On Demand.
Your partner in health,
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- Web MD. Retrieved on February 27, 2017, on http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-895-BROMELAIN.aspx?activeIngredientId=895&activeIngredientName=BROMELAIN