Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Did You Know... ?

Thanks to everyone who has entered my giveaway! I read everyone's comments last night and it sounds like Chobani needs to start cranking out more blueberry yogurt. I think about 70% of you like the blueberry flavor best. I do too :)

The following is a list of some of the random information I have learned from blogs, magazines, and newspapers this year. I literally wrote these down on a piece of paper so I would never forget them. Sadly I can't give credit to who/what produced this information, but I only wrote down information from sources that I trusted.

DID YOU KNOW...... ??

1) Children laugh 400 x per day, adults 8-10. Today, be sure to LAUGH!

2) Kids are more likely to eat veggies when hungry, so serve them as appetizers so they are more likely to eat them.

3) If you're looking to have better sex, the following foods may help; avocado, saffron, chili pepper, vitamin C and E, asparagus, oysters, chocolate.

4) High stress=Low testosterone. Don't be offended if your partner isn't interested in making love, it may be a sign he is stressed.

5) The probiotics, which are naturally found in yogurt, ferment the lactose in yogurt and create lactic acid, which is why yogurt is good for people with lactose intolerance!

5) Calcium citrate and carbonate are the best absorbed forms of calcium (this is ironic too because calcium carbonate is what is found in my soy milk. Funny, the USDA doesn't count soy milk as milk!).

6) Want to benefit from prebiotics? One source said to try to get 5-7 g/day. You can find prebiotics in so many foods now, as inulin (which companies are calling "fiber" even though it really isn't) is a prebiotic. Prebiotics are found naturally in kefir, artichokes, raw garlic, wheat bran, and raw onion.

7) MAX heart rate=220 minus age. Workout to this, or 85% of this for maximum intensity, and for maximum calories burned.

8) To find out how much fluid you should consume each day divide your weight by 2, and consume that number, in ounces. Obviously this is an estimate. As I said in a previous post, it also depends on your diet and activity level.

9) Polyphenols (found in dark chocolate, tea, berries, etc.) have little antioxidant activity. Their benefits come mainly from their effects on cell signaling processes, which may help prevent diseases such as cancer.

10) Whole grains are fantastic. They have phenols, flavanoids, vitamin E, and fiber. Unlike refined grains, which have very few of these, if any.

11) You need 80 minutes of sleep for a full sleep cycle. This is why "cat naps" sometimes give you such fantastic energy. If you woke up for work in the morning in the middle of a cycle, and only got through 60 minutes of your sleep cycle, a 20 minute "cat nap" will complete the cycle!

12) It takes 30 minutes for caffeine to kick in.

13) Did you know that Jessie is having a Peanut butter giveaway?!

Coming Up
Today I did a presentation at the Columbus Zoo about reading food labels, and tomorrow we have a booth at their annual employee health fair. You should see the fun game we have planned, and the great prizes!! I will post about it on Thursday.

Have a great day everyone, and thanks for reading!


  1. oh this is great to know! oops, it must just be a mental thing for me that I feel better when I have coffee almost instantly :)

  2. All of these are interesting tidbits! Sometimes I feel like caffeine kicks in right away...other times I feel like it kicks in hours later, for instance when I'm trying to go to sleep. I've actually heard aphrodisiacs are a myth..I'd like to know if this is true or not.

  3. Cool post! It's fun how much information you learn from blogs! I want to start recording this too..

  4. Great post!

    The zoo sounds like a great day to spend the workday!

  5. Great Info! :) I enjoying reading them all :)

    The most interesting one is the sleep! I always thought we needed a full 8 hours?

  6. Love the tidbits...the sleep one is especially surprising :-)

  7. So interesting! Love the first one. :)

  8. Awesome pearls of information! I had no idea raw garlic contains prebiotics - fascinating!

    Can't wait to hear about your health fair booth!! :-)

  9. Love random tidbits of information like this- thanks for putting them all together! Good to know that the instant boost when I drink my coffee is psychological. LOL.

  10. Thanks for the fun facts! I like learning all these litte tidbits from you!

  11. I didn't know that about yogurt. Sometimes it still upsets my stomach... Hmmm musta not got all the lactose out!

  12. I thought the sleep cycle is 90 min.
    I feel caffeine kicking-in in 5 min.

    love this kind of posts! informative and fun! ;)

  13. How cool that you presented at the zoo!

    Thanks for the DYK facts :-)

  14. Thanks for all those fun facts...I am in desperate need of a cat nap! lol

    I can't wait to hear how the Presentation at the Zoo went!

    Hun, I think you need to plan a trip to nyc! I want to meet you in person lol

  15. Great little tidbits. i love reasing things like that and I am glad these came from trusted sources. Sounds like fun and very educational presentation for you at the zoo. Keep up the good work of promoting good nutrition. I do miss community nutrition, but someday I will get back to it.

  16. Fun post! I read so many little tidbits of information and really should jot down the things I want to remember. Very interesting about polyphenols...biology is so cool!

  17. Tons of interesting facts. I have to say I definitely laugh more than 8 to 10 times a day...maybe thats cuz I hang out with kids. They do the most RANDOM hilarious stuff!

  18. love the facts! of course I love the 220-your age to find your max HR...this is what I tell my clients, its more of less the correct number!

    ahh I wish I could do the cat nap thing...it takes me so long to fall asleep!!

  19. Thanks for all the great facts - I had no idea about #5 - I need to check my calcium supplement and make sure it is worth it!

    Great post!

  20. Love all the fun facts!!! Good to know about the sleep cycles! Happy One Year Blogiversary!

  21. Fun and informative facts! I love it! Good reminder on the water...I can never have too many reminders about water!

    Good luck at the tradeshow! Wear comfy shoes!

  22. Great post, Gina!!

    I love all the reminders- especially the cat naps!! I need to learn how to fit them into my day!

    I'll have to go check out your giveaway...sounds like a good one!

    Hope you're having a good week!

  23. Fun facts - thanks for sharing. I'm off to check out your give away. :-)

  24. fun facts! the testorone one makes sense....my hubby always seems less interested when he is stressed out-now i know why ;)

  25. 30 minutes for caffiene! is there no other way for it to be faster...

    haha i kid. i guess i'll have to deal with that.

    anyways i like these fun facts! keep writing them down ;)

  26. I never knew guys could EVER be not interested in sex...that, I did NOT know. ;-)
    Aw, why do children laugh more? I remember I used to laugh a whole lot more when I was younger, too. I always blamed anorexia for my inability to laugh as much now.

  27. yay i like all this info!! i especially like the 30 min for caffeine (didn't know that but now im going to see if i notice it) & the laughing thing.. that is sad though! i am going to try to laugh more :)
    hope all is well in Columbus!!!

  28. Thanks for all the fun random tidbits of info! Interesting stuff.

  29. Well it's not even 8am and I already learned something new today.. 13 things actually

    Its interesting how probiotics in yogurt convert lactose to lactic acid. Then again I am a food science nerd. :)

  30. I just laughed! Thanks for reminding me :)))))

    I love your updates on the Biggest Loser. I don't watch it (I don't watch that much TV anyways) but you keep me up-to-date. I really want to start watching jamie Oliver. I heard so many good things about his show.