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It's February and that means cold and flu season. What can you do to avoid the dreaded snot, sniffles, and sneezes?
Second only to potatoes in vegetable popularity, carrots should show up in a healthy diet.
As you read this, about five percent of us have a cold. Up to a billion colds a year occur in the U.S. alone, causing about 60 million lost days of school and 50 million lost days of work—adding up to $25 billion in lost productivity. To make up for it, Americans spend around $5 billion on over-the-counter remedies. Here are some cold stats:
You’ve also probably believed some of these myths about the common cold. They aren’t true so let’s put them to bed!
There is, however, one cold myth that contains a grain of truth: Eat chicken soup. A recent study concluded that chicken soup helps the body clear mucus from the bronchial tubes faster and more effectively than other liquids. It does so because inhaling its warm vapors raises the temperature of the nose and loosens thickened secretions. According to the researchers, the active ingredients in traditional recipes also includes celery, onions, carrots, parsley, mushrooms, parsnips, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. These are known for their medicinal and antioxidant properties.
Chances are one of your New Year’s resolutions includes healthier eating. In fact, three of the top five 2019 resolutions, according to the website Vitagene, revolve around eating healthy and exercising.
That's where carrots come in! A medium-size carrot has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting. In fact, carrots were first grown as medicines, not as food.
Here’s some more fun facts about this root vegetable.
• Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot.
• There are more than 100 species of carrots.
• The name carrot comes from the Greek word “karoton.” The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot itself. The word carrot is first recorded in English in a 1538 book of herbs.
• Carrot seeds are so small that about 2000 seeds can fit in a teaspoon.
• Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which, being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
• The belief that eating carrots improves night vision is a myth put forward by the British in World War II to mislead the enemy about their military capabilities.
In the Fuddlebrook book, Bert’s Crazy Growth Concoction, Bert learns about healthy eating habits and making good food choices in a most entertaining way. Read the story and then watch our video as we grow a carrot from a carrot.
Happy 2020! And you might consider adding carrots to the menu!
This new series marvelously succeeds in introducing young students to inquiry-based, experiential learning of scientific concepts that are age-appropriate. Moreover, students have the opportunity to explore story-based scientific concepts further through hands-on investigations.
--Teresa, Biology Ph.D; former elementary teacher, Springfield, MO
The thing I love most about the Fuddlebrook series is the connection aspect. Not only have the creators connected literacy and science, they have also provided opportunity for exploration of all areas of life. The dispositions and traits of the characters are consistent throughout the books and lead to discussions about friendship, bullying, loyalty, honesty, and humility. Fuddlebrook is "teaching the whole child by connecting to life."
--Carolyn, First Grade Teacher, Ozark, MO