“There is evidence that honey is the only food that cannot spoil. Archaeologists have tasted honey discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, reporting that it’s edible”-
That is crazy. Maybe it was edible, but I doubt it tasted really good.
“There are 1,200 varieties of watermelon.” -I find this hard to believe too. I wonder what the difference is.
“The world record for eating cheesecake is 11 pounds eaten in nine minutes – by Sonya Thomas, who weighs 105 pounds.” -11 POUNDS? This is my favorite fact. Especially because it was eaten by a skinny girl!
Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/health/diet-nutrition/articles/31918.aspx#ixzz0lwGuoaNZ
We’ve been talking alot about the way fruits are changed and how they are only really good during their ripe season. I saw this on a food fact website and thought it was interesting. “Those mega-size apples and oranges you’ve been seeing lately at conventional grocers are pumped up due to added water volume, rather than fruit substance. This is a crop-yield technique by farmers designed to produce bigger fruit for more consumer appeal.” It kind of reminds me of how the chickens were plumped so big they could barely walk 🙁
I was reading about antioxidants and on this website it mentioned that a really effective antioxidant is acai pure juice. I have never heard of an acai berry so I thought it was interesting. They only grow in the Brazilian Rainforest! It also says that “Studies by the USDA show that the level of free radical fighting antioxidants in the berry are far, far more prevalent than in a simple blueberry”.
I saw this video that is about kids with food allergies. The kids are adorable. It is so sad that they can’t eat such staple foods like milk. And it’s really scary how bad allergic reactions can be.
My three favorites from the “Largest USDA Study of Food Antioxidants Reveals Best Sources” are strawberries, a red delicious apple, and blueberries. The chart says that one cup of strawberries has 5938 antioxidant capacity per serving size, one red delicious apple contains 5900 antioxidant capacity, and one cup of blueberries contains 9019 antioxidant capacity. I love strawberries and eat them all the time. I can eat one cup or more in one sitting. I also eat apples often because I love to dip them in peanut butter. I usually eat one whole apple. I don’t eat blueberries as often. When I do eat them it is on pancakes. I probably eat less than a full cup.
We watched that video about microwaving and some things you shouldn’t put in the microwave. I found this series on youtube with a bunch of videos about putting random things in the microwave and seeing what happens. Most of them are stupid and anyone with common sense would know not to put them in the microwave but it is very entertaining. I watched this one about putting a lava lamp in the microwave and the results were very messy.
Someone earlier had posted an article from the Washington Times about Peep Art. I saw this video on youtube that showed some. They are really cute and very creative!
I found this interesting website that talks about chemical changes, including fireworks. I found it informative on many different types of chemical changes. http://www.ric.edu/faculty/ptiskus/chemical/
I was looking at fun easter recipes and I found this cute rice krispie treat bunny that looked really easy to make and is a really cute treat. I might try to make them even though Easter is basically over.
In the beginning of the unit we read some articles about salt. In one of those articles it talked about how salt was very valuable and it mentioned the salt mines of Austria being a major tourist attraction. I’ve actually been to the one in Salzburg when I was 13 or 14. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done. You had to wear these suits to go in and you rode down a slide to get down to the next levels. You can google it and see the pictures. It was really fun and interesting.