KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:
Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff
Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering
NUTS ARE TASTY AND GOOD FOR YOU—Some nuts are especially high in monounsaturated fats, which are the type our bodies need for good health. Just 12 Brazil nuts have 9 grams of protein, 5 of fiber and lots of the good fats. One ounce of sunflower seeds has 5.5 grams of protein, 3 of fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. They are especially high in Vitamin E and the mineral selenium, both of which are antioxidants that protect our cells from damage. Add almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and peanuts to the list of good nuts, but be sure they are minimally processed and don’t have flavor coatings or other additives.
DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS OF PNEUMONIA—It’s one of the most common reasons for hospital admission and it can be deadly, even for young adults. It contributed to the death of ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff on his 34th birthday. Pneumonia has killed 35 times more people than the flu in Kansas and Missouri since last fall. People with asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart conditions are more at risk. The symptoms are similar to cold and flu, but last longer. Chest pain and shortness of breath are red flags. Consider getting preventive vaccinations if you are in an at-risk category.
WEATHER AFFECTS TOMATO SUPPLY—Heavy rain and flooding in some parts of Mexico and hot weather at a critical time in Florida has reduced the supply, quality and price of tomatoes. Many growers are picking them early to put product on the market, so they take longer to ripen when they arrive at grocery stores and food preparers like us. Cold weather at a critical time in Florida has decimated the supply of zucchini and squash. This is just another reminder that nearly everything we eat has to be grown and shipped to us from somewhere, and what happens there affects us here.
REMINDER: NEW MENUS FOR A NEW SEMESTER—As noted in our last newsletter, we have updated menus for the spring semester. It’ll have more vegetarian options, more salads and more choices. Thanks for your suggestions on food selections and ways to improve our service. They are implemented whenever possible.
4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company. Than ks to all our supporters who helped elect us as Columbia’s Best Caterer. In addition to preparing meals for MU students, we also cater weddings and other special events. See 4pointscatering.com or our Facebook page. Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya. Your comments are always welcome—just put them in our suggestion box.