KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY:
Health, Nutrition and Random Stuff
Mental Appetizers from Four Points Catering
BE AWARE OF E-CIG RISKS—E-cigarettes now exceed all other health-risk substances used by teens in the U.S. They are also widely used by young adults. An argument can be made that the potential harm from e-cigs is less than that posed by the other substances, not to mention the products are legal for anyone 18 or older. However, e-cigs typically contain a high amount of nicotine and most users minimize its addiction potential. Nicotine can also affect learning, memory and attention in young brains, and there’s been virtually no research on how the vapor affects lungs (which do not fully mature until the 20s). Any addiction can be tough to kick, so caution is advised if you use these products.
TRY TO FIND A PLACE THAT DOESN’T CELBRATE ST. PAT’S DAY—It’s March 17 and a holiday that is celebrated in more countries than any other. U.S. News and World Report listed the 10 best places in America to join the festivities, which included New York, Boston, and Chicago. A sleeper on the list was North Kansas City, Missouri, which starts off with a Snake Saturday Parade. Many Americans have a special dinner on St. Pat’s, and the traditional main course is corned beef. Corned beef is brisket (a tough cut of meat) that is made tender by curing with “corns” of salt (rock salt) and a brine. It is then slow cooked. While a good source of protein and vitamin B12, it is high in calories, fat, salt and cholesterol.
YOGURT IS GOOD STUFF—It is produced by bacterial fermentation of the lactose in milk. Lactose is milk’s natural sugar. This fermentation creates lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and flavor. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which are gut-friendly bacteria that promotes a healthy digestive tract, boosts the immune system and provides other health benefits. Look for “live active cultures” on the label. Also look at the label to determine the percent of calories from added sugar—it ranges from the mid-40s to 70 depending on the brand and additives. Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove most of the liquid, so it has a thicker consistency and stronger flavor. It has more protein, but less calcium.
KNOCKERBALL MAKES ANY EVENT FUN—We’ve had the pleasure of participating in fairs, festivals and group functions all across Missouri. Consider booking us for any social function, a rush/brotherhood activity, or alumni/dad’s weekend. Another idea is a knockerball soccer tourney for charity fundraising. Ask 4 Points Catering for details.
4 Points Catering is a locally-owned company. NOTE: We are still looking to partner with one additional house next year, so let us know if you’ve heard of one that might be interested. We also cater weddings and other special events. See 4pointscatering.com or our Facebook page. Contact Travis, Joe or Amaya.