In gathering facts from our food experts, we've come upon some interesting ones that may surprise you:
- Eating an apple before a meal is a great way to avoid overeating. According to research conducted by Pennsylvania State University, people who ate an apple before lunch consumed almost 190 less calories.
- Many people think the pink liquid in packaged fresh chicken is blood, but it is mostly water absorbed by the chicken during the chilling process. Blood is removed from poultry during slaughter, and only a small amount remains in the muscle tissue. An improperly bled chicken would have cherry-red skin and be condemned at the plant.
- "Fermenting foods not only preserves foods, but it also increases nutrients such as folic acid, vitamin B12, nicotinic acid, riboflavin, and thiamine. Fermented foods also have "friendly bacteria" or probiotics, that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms found in our gut. More research is needed in this area, but some studies show promising results in treating bowel diseases and stimulating the immune system with probiotics. Additionally, the process of fermentation partially brakes down lactose, making it easier for lactose-intolerant people to consume milk-based products such as yogurt."
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