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Helpful Facts About Fascinating Foods

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - Mom always warned you about playing with your food, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with what's on your plate. Consider these fascinating food facts:

  • Did you know you should always marinate your barbecue meat? Marinating may dramatically reduce the formation of cancer-causing agents known as heterocycline amines. These compounds form when foods are cooked at high temperatures.

  • Due to sugar rationing, popcorn consumption in the U.S. nearly tripled during World War II.

  • Cilantro does not originate from Mexico or Thailand, as commonly believed, but from Egypt.

  • Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is a natural anti-inflammatory. The same enzyme explains why you can't use fresh pineapple in gelatin; it breaks down the protein and prevents it from setting.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (found in seafood like King Oscar Sardines) have been shown in numerous studies to fight strokes, breast cancer, depression and heart attacks.

  • You can freeze blueberries. Just make sure they're totally dry. Don't wash blueberries until you're ready to eat them.

  • California produces 95 percent of all apricots grown in the U.S.

  • About 220 million pounds of tuna get canned by BumbleBee every year.

  • The most popular use for oatmeal? As a breakfast cereal. The second? That's easy, too: oatmeal cookies. But did you know the third most common use is as an ingredient in meatloaf?

  • Some people still think rubbing horseradish on the head is a great way to alleviate headaches.

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