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 Post subject: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 13:58 

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Eating turkey makes you sleepy.
Turkey does contain the amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do plenty of other foods, such as chicken, beef, pork, cheese and beans. Not only do all of these foods also contain protein, which negates the effects of tryptophan, but we generally don't ingest enough at one sitting to feel it.
However, what does tend to make people exceptionally drowsy is eating a big, heavy meal -- Thanksgiving dinner, for example. Blood is diverted to the digestive system to help tackle all the fats and carbohydrates you've consumed, which decreases blood flow to your brain and makes you feel lethargic. Drinking alcohol -- while watching football or during the meal -- only makes matters worse. So even if you didn't eat any turkey, you'd still feel like taking a nap afterward.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 13:59 

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Jell-O brand gelatin is made from animal bones and hides.
Gelatin is made by boiling the hides and bones of cows and pigs to release their collagen, which is boiled some more, filtered, dried and ground into a powder. Because it has been so extensively processed, gelatin is not classified as an animal product by the government, but strict vegetarians avoid it nonetheless.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:02 

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Hostess Twinkies never go bad. They have an indefinite shelf life.
Twinkies do not contain any dairy products,and so they last much longer than most baked goods. However, contrary to popular belief, they do not remain fresh for several decades, or even years. Their shelf life is 25 days.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:05 

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Swallowed chewing gum takes seven years to digest and pass through your system.
Actually, chewing gum is largely indigestible, but it will make its way through your digestive system at the same rate as anything else you consume.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:07 

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Chop suey, a popular Chinese-restaurant menu item, is actually an American invention.
If you were to travel to China, it's highly unlikely you'd find this dish on any restaurant menu.
Various stories place its origins in New York, San Francisco and other parts of the United States with Chinese immigrants in the mid- to late 1800s. The name "chop suey" is likely a derivative of the Mandarin tsa sui, which means "chopped up odds and ends," and may have been invented by Chinese railroad workers and miners who cobbled together meals with whatever meat and vegetables they had on hand. When Chinese immigrants started cooking and selling meals to Americans, the dish caught on and evolved into a restaurant-menu staple.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:08 

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Indonesia produces a very expensive kind of coffee made from beans that have been swallowed, digested and excreted by a small weasel-like animal.
The coffee is known as Kopi Luwak, or Kopi Luak, which literally means "coffee luak."
The luak, or palm civet, is a small mammal native to the islands of Indonesia that has a particular fondness for the fruit of the coffee plant. The beans pass through its system undigested (rather like chewing gum) and are deposited in its droppings. This process leaves the beans slightly fermented, which apparently adds to the richness of the resulting coffee. While the task of collecting the beans may be rather unpleasant, the fact that they can fetch more than $100 per pound probably more than makes up for it.


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PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:09 

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Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine.
In fact, that's how it got its name -- from a blend of coca leaf and kola nut extracts used in the original 1885 formula. At the time, cocaine was a common ingredient in medicines, and Coca-Cola was developed as a medicinal elixir.
When cocaine was later discovered to be harmful and addictive, the company phased it out, leaving only trace amounts to justify the name. By 1929, the beverage was completely cocaine-free.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:11 

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Eating chocolate causes acne breakouts.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no link between eating chocolate and acne breakouts. Several scientific studies have disproved this common myth.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:12 

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Eating carrots will improve your vision.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is important for maintaining eye health, but eating large quantities of carrots or other foods containing vitamin A will not give you 20/20 vision if you don't already have it. In fact, too much vitamin A can be harmful to your health.
Maintaining a well-balanced diet, including carrots, can protect your eyesight, but won't make it any better.


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 Post subject: Re: Food Facts and Fallacies
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2010, 14:13 

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Eating a poppy-seed bagel or muffin can cause you to fail a drug test.
Opiate drugs, such as heroin, morphine and codeine, are made from the seeds of opium poppies. The poppy seeds used in baked goods often come from the same or a similar type of poppy.
While the amount you'd typically consume would be too small for you to feel the effects, it can produce a positive result in a urine drug test. Several people have lost their jobs solely because they ate a poppy-seed muffin or bagel for breakfast before taking a drug test. As a result, the test is being revised to account for this eventuality.


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