Chewing Gum for Physical & Emotional Health

I’m always on the lookout for cheap and easy ways to deal with complicated and intransigent situations.  So I was thrilled to see research where teenagers did better in math class when they chewed gum.

108 middle-schoolers were randomly assigned to either chew gum or not chew gum during math class, and while they were doing their homework[1].  After 14 weeks of “treatment,” the students who had been assigned to chew gum did better on a standardized exam.  According to their teachers, they paid better attention in class, needed less breaks, and were less fidgety.  And they got better grades.  Granted, the research was funded by the Wrigley (chewing gum) company, but it still seemed fairly sound. (more…)

A Tale of Two Red Beets

One raw, one cooked.  Two beet recipes where beets are scrubbed and grated (no need to peel).  Can you choose to make both recipes with raw beets?  Make both with roasted or boiled beets?  Yes, yes, and yes!  The only advice I give here is to use a food processor so the grating part is as fast as 1,2,3.

I love red beets because they are satisfyingly sweet, have lots of fiber and good carbs.  They also enrich blood, are antioxidant-rich and you can buy them inexpensively year-round.  I also love to grow them! (more…)

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