October Newsletter

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:

Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff

Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering

October, 2018

 

THE BENEFITS OF INFUSED BEVERAGES—Infused (formerly called detox) drinks in the form of smoothies, teas, flavored water and other beverages are getting a lot of attention.  Are the claimed benefits real?  Health and nutrition experts say drinking beverages infused with fruits, veggies and herbs is OK (especially if they replace high-sugar drinks).  The proven benefit is additional hydration, and the extra ingredients are likely to have nutritional value.  Are there detox effects?  A 2009 investigation of ten companies marketing detox concoctions found they couldn’t name the “toxins” targeted by their 15 products—let alone show any credible evidence their products actually work.  Maybe that’s why detox claims faded into history.  Sure, there are toxins everywhere in our modern environment.  If the exposure isn’t abnormally high, your body’s immune system, gastrointestinal system, liver and kidneys have an amazing ability to neutralize and/or filter out the bad stuff.  Good nutrition from meals, healthy snacks and adequate hydration are the most important.  Infused drinks are a plus.

 

SNOOP DOGG COOKBOOK—No way, you say.  Well, he has been co-hosting with Marta Stewart on “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” on VH1 for a couple of years.  “From Crook to Cook” will be published October 23 and feature 50 of his favorite recipes.  As Snoop puts it, they are “platinum recipes from boss dog’s kitchen.”  He also plans to release a line of cannabis-themed books, so it’s no surprise that his cookbook will have a “munchies” section.

 

ICE IS NICE—College and pro athletes take ice baths after periods of high-level physical exertion, but why?  Take a cold shower to get a sense of how unpleasant it must be, but it speeds up the body’s recovery time.  A recent study shows athletes who do this are more quickly able to match their high-level of exertion intensity.  The magic numbers are 10 minutes in the bath (longer doesn’t help much) and within 2 hours of the activity.

 

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4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  In addition to frat houses, our clients include the MU athletic and pathology departments.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See our website (4pointscatering.com) after it is operational in early October or check our reviews on Facebook.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.  By the way, are your vending machines well stocked and are you getting a fair percentage of the profits?  We have recently expanded to meet those needs, and the first machine is already on location.  You will get the same level of commitment and service you are accustomed to with 4 Points Catering.

KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY

BONKERS ABOUT BANANAS—They are Walmart’s No. 1 selling item.  In the U.S., each person eats an average of 11 to 12 pounds a year, making them America’s favorite fresh fruit.  Well, botanically they are a berry but we’ll let that slide.  Bananas have lots of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and pectin (a form of fiber).  They are also high in antioxidants.  It’s a myth that they are a good source of potassium according to Dr. Atkins (the famous book author about nutrition).  He prefers sunflower seeds, among other foods, for that mineral.  Make a smoothie with the soft bananas—the level of useful nutrients in them increases as they ripen.

DO MICHAEL AND JONTAY GET ENOUGH PROTEIN?—Meat is a well-known source of protein, so you might ask that of the two most well-known vegans ever to set foot on the MU campus.  Probably no nutrient is so misunderstood as protein.  Leading health organizations say a well-balanced, calorie-adequate diet of vegetables will provide you with plenty of it.  Protein is involved in nearly all cell functions.  It is required for structural support and the maintenance/repair of tissue.  It is also the basic component for immunity, most hormones and all enzymes.  In food, proteins are made from chains of 20 amino acids and our bodies can produce only 11 of them.  The other 9 must be obtained from what you eat.  Vegans and vegetarians can get those 9 with a variety of whole grains, legumes and veggies.

CHEESE PLEASE—Most cheese is made by heating milk to separate the curd from the whey.  Enzymes or acids are added to the curd, which then hardens.  That can take anywhere from hours to years.  The flavor depends on the kind of milk used, the cultures added and how it is aged.  Here are a few well-known cheeses with their flavor characteristics: Blue (very sharp, pungent), Brie (mild with a bit of tanginess), Colby (moderately tangy), Gouda (mild, slightly nutty), Goat (earthy, smoky, pungent), Mozzarella (mild), and Parmesan (strong, earthy).  Cheese provides you with calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and other nutrients.  Calcium is one of the nutrients most likely to be deficient in American diets.

IT’S A KNOCKOUT—Want a great activity for an event where you want people to have a good time?  Check out www.knockerballcomo.com or knockerballcomo on Facebook.

Four Points Catering is a locally-owned company.  In addition to frat houses, our clients include the MU athletic and pathology departments.  We also cater weddings and other special events.  See our website (fourpointscatering.com) or check our reviews on Facebook.  Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.  By the way, are your vending machines well stocked and are you getting a fair percentage of the profits?  We have now expanded to meet those needs.  Our priorities will be the same as those of all services--dependability and honesty.