5 Summer Food Mysteries Revealed

Every now and then we hear things from other people and wonder what truth there may be to the matter. Case in point ….. Here just happens to be some misperceptions about food and what it does or doesn’t do for you. Take a little time to learn and educate yourself so you can be more informed.

PS – By clicking on each image below, you’ll be taken to Yahoo Foods for some wonderful summer recipes that you can make yourself (associated with that particular picture)


True or False?

  • Eating garlic wards off mosquitoes.

> False <

Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested the theory. It didn’t work, but maybe because the participants didn’t eat enough, say the scientists.

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True or False?

  • Watermelon isn’t very nutritious ….. It’s all water!

> False <

Watermelon is mostly water > 92 percent < But it also has its share of nutrients. One cup of watermelon provides good amounts of vitamin C and red watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that’s associated with reduced risk for certain types of cancer.

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True or False?

  • Licking ice cream is more satisfying than eating it with a spoon.

> True <

According to Kay McMath, a food technologist for New Zealand’s Massey University. “Flavor in ice cream is released when the fat-which carries the flavor-is warmed to at least body temperature,” says McMath. When you lick ice cream it coats the tongue and fully warms the frozen treat. A spoon, on the other hand, insulates the ice cream. And then there’s the psychological aspect of savoring the treat more slowly …..  you just cannot lick ice cream as fast as you can spoon it.

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True or False?

  • A piña colada can have as many calories as a cheeseburger.

> True <

Both have about 400 calories. Some of summer’s most popular drinks can boost your daily calorie tally substantially. A margarita has about as many calories (367) as a hot dog with cheese and chili (375). And, from a calorie perspective, drinking a wine cooler is like eating a generous scoop of potato salad.

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True or False?

  • The antioxidants in raspberries help keep your heart healthy.


> True <

Two antioxidants which are found in raspberries — anthocyanins (where raspberries get their red) and ellagic acid — are associated with increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lowered blood pressure, two positives when it comes to heart health. The yummy berries are also loaded with vitamin C and are high in fiber.

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For more informative articles and advice, check out Eating Well, an excellent source for good food, recipes and healthy eating.

Islands In The Sun – Songs With A Tropical Theme

tropical-paradise-logoThe Heat Is On .....

The Surf Is Up …..

The Sails Are Set …..

Anyone thinking of an exotic getaway this summer? … Maybe Hawaii, maybe the Caribbean or Jamaica, how about the Cayman Islands or maybe up Alaska way to the Aleutians and the Cook Inlet. Well, even if YOU can’t escape or getaway this summer, give your mind an exotic vacation with some “Tropical Tunes” of the islands. A range of genres from reggae to rock to country to pop standards of long ago are included to give you the feel of a tropical paradise vacation. Soft white sands, palm trees, sailboats, cool breezes, a gentle mist, mild waves, blue horizons, island sunsets, a tropical drink… all reminiscent of well deserved paradise adventure, at least in your mind. Even a couple of pirates and a coconut thrown in for good measure here also. I’m sure there are more out there but this should give you a good start for putting a playlist together for your ipod or even making a cd to take along with you wherever you’re going.

Put your feet up, kick back and enjoy! 🙂

Islands In The Sun ~ Songs With A Tropical Theme

  1. Almost Paradise – Roger Williams
  2. Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
  3. Aloha Oe – George Greeley
  4. An American Dream – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  5. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
  6. Back To The Island – Leon Russell
  7. Bali Ha’i – Jo Stafford
  8. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
  9. Beyond The Blue Horizon – Lou Christie
  10. Beyond The Reef – Andy Williams
  11. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
  12. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
  13. Caribbean – Mitchell Torok
  14. Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
  15. Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett
  16. Coconut – Harry Nilsson
  17. Cool Change – Little River Band
  18. Cool Night – Paul Davis
  19. Ebb Tide – Frank Chacksfield
  20. Enchanted Island – The Four Lads
  21. Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) – Rupert Holmes
  22. Gidget Goes Hawaiian – Duane Eddy
  23. Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye
  24. Hawaii – The Beach Boys
  25. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
  26. Hawaii Tattoo – The Waikkis
  27. Hawaii Sunset – Elvis Presley
  28. Hawaiian War Chant – Billy Vaughn
  29. Hawaiian Wedding Song – Andy Williams
  30. Hold On – Santana
  31. Hula Love – Buddy Knox
  32. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash or Jimmy Cliff
  33. In The Middle Of An Island – Tennessee Ernie Ford
  34. Island – Jesse Colin Young
  35. Island Girl – Elton John
  36. Island In The Sun – Harry Belafonte
  37. Island Of Lost Souls – Blondie
  38. Island Of Love – Elvis Presley
  39. Island Woman – Pablo Cruise
  40. Islands – John Denver
  41. Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
  42. Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte
  43. Jammin’ – Bob Marley
  44. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
  45. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
  46. The Last Farewell – Roger Whitaker
  47. Late In The Evening – Paul Simon
  48. Leah – Roy Orbison
  49. Little Coco Palm – Jerry Wallace
  50. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  51. Margaritaville – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
  52. Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom
  53. Moondance – Van Morrison
  54. On An Island – David Gilmour
  55. Paradise – Sade
  56. Paradise – Third World
  57. Pearly Shells – Burl Ives
  58. Pineapple Princess – Annette
  59. A Pirate Looks At Forty – Jimmy Buffett
  60. Quiet Village – Martin Denny
  61. Red Red Wine – UB40
  62. Red Sails In The Sunset – The Platters
  63. Rock-A-Hula Baby – Elvis Presley
  64. Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
  65. Smiling Islands – Robbie Patton
  66. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
  67. Spill The Wine – Eric Burden & War
  68. Stranger In Paradise – Tony Bennett
  69. Sweet Leilani – Bing Crosby
  70. Tamoure – Bill Justis
  71. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  72. Thunder Island – Jay Ferguson
  73. The Tide Is High – Blondie
  74. Tiny Bubbles – Don Ho
  75. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
  76. Trade Winds – Billy Vaughn
  77. Volcano – Jimmy Buffett
  78. White Silver Sands – Don Rondo

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Here are a few additional song posts with related themes:

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