20 Things About Your Food That Will Surprise You

Find out facts about your favorite foods that you didn't know before.

20 Things About Your Food That Will Surprise You

You know you should be eating loads of fruits and veggies, but do you know where they really come from? Relax, it’s not as scary as it seems. Find out which vegetables are fruits, which fruits are classified as part of a flower family, and more fun facts.

Peanuts

Think you know how peanuts are grown? Think again! Unlike other nuts, like pecans or walnuts, peanuts do not grow on trees. Instead, the peanut plant flowers aboveground, but the actual peanuts grow below ground. A machine then digs them up once the growing process is finished and the soil is the right consistency. This entire process takes about four to five months!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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