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ISBN: 9781931498623
Year Added to Catalog: 2005
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: b&w illustrations, tables
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 544 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1931498628
Release Date: January 28, 2005
Web Product ID: 124

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Whole Foods Companion

A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods

by Dianne Onstad


Fun Food Facts from Whole Foods Companion
  • Raw broccoli contains as much calcium as whole milk.
  • The Egyptians held lentils in the highest esteem. They were served liberally to children because it was believed that the beans enlightened their minds, opened their hearts, and made them cheerful.
  • Greeks and Romans had a curious belief that, because basil was a symbol of hostility and insanity, to grow truly fragrant basil one had to shout and swear angrily and outlandishly while sowing its seeds.
  • Fennel is an obesity fighter, since it accelerates the digestion of fatty foods.
  • Eating radishes regularly helps prevent viral infections such as the common cold and influenza.
  • Poppy seeds are so small it takes 10 million of them to make a single pound.
  • Macadamia nuts are said to discourage the craving for alcohol.
  • The pecan wasn’t grown commercially until l850, when Antoine, a black slave, developed the Centennial variety on a Louisiana plantation.
  • In Bavaria a basket of strawberries is sometimes tied between a cow’s horns to please the elves so that they bless the cow with abundant milk.
  • Asparagus is the food highest in glutathione, an important anticarcinogen
  • In ancient Greece and Rome, the cabbage was thought to cure all ills and was so sacred that oaths were sworn upon it.
  • Carrots come in many colors, including orange, yellow, red, white and purple. The root is probably native to Afghanistan and was originally purple.
  • In the Pacific during World War II, coconut water—siphoned directly from the nut—was used to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Coconut water has the same level of electrolytic balance that we have in our blood.
  • The tomato was widely considered poisonous until 1820 when Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson sat on the Salem, New Jersey, courthouse steps and ate an entire basketful to prove that they were not harmful.
  • Chinese officials during the Han dynasty of 207 B.C. to A.D. 220 were allowed to approach their monarch only when holding cloves in their mouths to mask their unpleasant breath.

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