Sorry, man can't live on potatoes alone
Heard the one about the head of the Washington State Potato Commission, who shed 20 pounds in two months by eating nothing but potatoes in all their forms?
Sure, it was a publicity stunt and, if extended long-term, might lead to some health issues. But the guy did lower his total cholesterol level and raise awareness for his product. So where's the harm? Well, any nutritionist will tell you that eating too much of any one food can lead to unintended consequences, which are detailed in our quiz, with information drawn from www.healthassist.net.
1. Which of these is not a potential negative side effect of eating vast amounts of potatoes?
b) Abdominal bloating
2. Speaking of gout, which of these is said to cause the arthritic disease of the joint?
b) Organ meat (e.g., liver)
d) All of the above
3. Which food, eaten in great quantities, can lead to photosensitivity?
4. Strawberries are among the healthiest fruits to consume. However, if eaten to excess, they can lead to what consequence?
a) High cholesterol
b) Kidney stones
c) Enlarged prostate
d) Gastric distress
5. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, which of the following decreases the risk of kidney stone formation?
d) All of the above
ANSWERS: 1: d; 2: d; 3: b; 4: b; 5: d
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Some tips from Home & Garden Television
A compendium of tips and tricks from Home & Garden Television:
Don't spend all day cleaning. Just 10 minutes will do it if you do it right. Here's how:
* Set a timer for 10 minutes and have the kids race to pick up as much as they can before the alarm goes off.
* Use the dishwasher for more than dishes. When it isn't quite full, fill it the rest of the way with things like stove burners, vases, candlesticks and even children's plastic toys contained in a mesh bag.
* To keep bathroom mirrors from fogging up, rub them with dish soap and let them dry. It will take vigorous rubbing to work the soap in, but it should prevent fog from forming for up to two weeks.
* If more than one child uses a bathroom, assign an old shoebox to each child to keep the toiletries separate.
* Clean the dust off stuffed animals by running them through the dryer on the fluff cycle with a dryer sheet.
* Clean dingy vinyl dolls by slipping a soft sock onto your hand and dipping the end of the sock first in water and then in baking soda. Gently rub the doll with the soda.
* To absorb refrigerator odors, place an open bowl with two or three charcoal briquettes on a back shelf.
-- Standard-Examiner wire services
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