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Facts On Butter VS Margarine

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 8:09 PM Comments comments (0)
I got this from an email that was sent to me and I thought that it was very good information to know. So please read on...

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

DO YOU KNOW.. the difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end...gets very interesting! Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.
Eating margarinecan increase heart disease in women by 53%over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few
only because they are added! Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years And now, for Margarine. Very high in Trans fatty acids .. Triple risk of coronary heart disease .
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk .Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response. And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!  Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC..This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance). You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

*  no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weensy microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic .. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to 'butter them up')! 


Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water   



This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about    Heart Attacks . The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit  while eating.

 
   
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Common Symptoms Of Heart Attack...
A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting . Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line ...
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

History Behind the $1 Bill and how #13 haunts it

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 5:41 PM Comments comments (1)

        On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together,
they comprise the Great Seal of the United States
        The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a
group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish
this task and another two years to get it approved.   If you look at
the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.
        Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country
was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided
what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped,
again signifying that we were not even close to being finished.? Inside
the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for
divinity. It was Franklin 's belief that one man couldn't do it alone,
but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.

'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.
The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means,

'God has favored our20undertaking.'

The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means,

'a new order has begun.'

At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)

If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully,

        You will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United
States . It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell,
Florida National Cemetery , and is the centerpiece of most hero's
monuments.?Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the
United States , and it is always visible whenever he speaks,
Yet very few people know what the symbols mean.
        The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:
First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart
enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had
just broken from the King of England . Also, notice the shield is
unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that
shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We
were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle's beak you will read,
'E PLURIBU S UNUM ' meaning,'one from many.'
        Above the Eagle, you have thirteen stars, representing the thirteen
original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away.

Again, we were coming together as one.

        Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and
arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight
to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but
in time of war,his gaze turns toward the arrows.They say that the
number   13 is an unlucky number.
        This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room
numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about
this:

13 original colonies,

13 signers of the Declaration of Independence ,

13 stripes on our flag,

13 steps on the Pyramid,

13 letters in, 'Annuit Coeptis,'

13 letters in ' E PluribusUnum ,'

13 stars above the Eagle,

13 bars on that shield,

13 leaves on the olive branch,

13 fruits,

And if you look closely,
13 arrows
13 small circles on both sides of the two big circles (the one with the pyramid and the Eagle)

        And finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the
right-hand circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of
David. This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Hayim
Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal
reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon said he wanted
nothing for himself but that he would like something for his people.
The Star of David was the result. Few people know that it was Solomon
who saved the Army through his financial contributions but died a
pauper.
        I always ask people, 'Why don't you know this?' Your children don't
know this, and their history teachers don't know this. (That is because
our schools are Government Schools.)Too many veterans have given up too
much to ever let the meaning fade. Many veterans remember coming home
to an America that didn't care. Too many veterans never came home at
all. Share this page with everyone, so they can learn what is on the back of
the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for!


The History Behind Valentine's Day (Saint Valentine)

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 11:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Valentine's day is one of romance and love. Even in elementry school you can exchange Valentine Cards to your friends or even secret crushes. As adults we see this day to romance and love your significant other more then all of the other days. But why? I found this information (accept for the last paragraph which I wrote myself) on the following link...   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentines_Day

I hope that you enjoy reading this as I did. The last part is worth reading. If it is true then it is a great love story.

      Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognized eleven Valentine's Days. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed inValentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni.

      Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni.

     The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him. Some sources say the Valentine linked to romance is Valentine of Rome, others say Valentine of Terni. Some scholars have concluded that the two were originally the same person.

       No romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. By the time a Saint Valentine became linked to romance in the fourteenth century, distinctions between Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni were utterly lost.

       In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14." The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan and in Malta where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Vatican II calendar.

The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were excerpted by Bede and briefly expounded in Legenda Aurea. According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

      Legenda Aurea

still providing no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer's daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both. It was a note that read "From your Valentine."

 

      So seeing as this is such an old holiday its hard for anybody to know why or how Valentine's Day started, nevertheless being associated with love. Although if the story above is true then Saint Valentine of either Rome or Terni had undergone an amazing love story. For him to write one last letter to his true love before his execution... Unknown to him then that their love would create all of this. It makes The History Behind Valentine's Day even more mysteriously romantic.

History Behind Santa and the Easter Bunny

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 2:53 AM Comments comments (0)

I was wondering one day why is there a Santa Claus that goes around in children's imaginations and gives out presants. Also why is there a Easter Bunny going around carrying colored eggs. Each of these holidays are mainly known as Christian holidays. I am a Christian and I know that Christmas is here because it is that day that Jesus Christ was born and we should all praise our king. Easter is here because it is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was crusified on the cross and rose again proving himself to be the son of God. However how did the Easter Bunny and the egg's come around? Why is Santa Claus mentioned so much on Christmas? I researched and found a few answers, some beliefs from around the world.


History Behind St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)

St Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in Patara, a city of Lycia, in Asia Minor. He became the gift giver of Myra. His gifts were given late at night, so that the gift giver's identity would remain a secret. St Nicholas was eventually named the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia and Greece.

St Nicholas was a Christian priest, who later became a bishop. He was a rich person, and traveled the country helping people, giving gifts of money and other presents. St Nicholas did not like to be seen when he gave away presents, so the children of the day were told to go to sleep quickly or he would not come! Nothing has changed and Santa Claus will not arrive this Christmas unless the children go to sleep early.

A famous story about St Nicholas, is about a poor man who had no money to give to his three daughters on their wedding day. St Nick dropped bags of gold into the stockings which the girls had left to dry by the fire. The sisters found the gold and ever since, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled with presents by Christmas morning.

Despite being quite young Nicholas had earned a reputation for kindliness and wisdom. In the year 303, the Roman emperor Diocletian commanded all the citizens of the Roman Empire, which included Asia Minor, to worship him as a god.

Christians believed in one god and one god alone, so their conscience would not allow them to obey the Emperor's order. Angered by their stubbornness, Diocletian warned the Christians that they would be imprisoned. The Emperor carried out the threat and St Nicholas who resisted too was also imprisoned. For more than five years, St Nicholas was confined to a small cell. He suffered from cold, hunger, and thirst, but he never wavered in his beliefs. In 313, when Diocletian resigned, and Constantine came to power Nicholas was released, and he returned to his post as Bishop of Myra. He continued his good works and became even wiser and more understanding by the time of his death on December 6, 343.

In the eyes of the Catholics, a saint is someone who has lived such a holy life that, after dying and going to heaven, he or she is still able to help people on earth. They often become patron to different groups of people - one such was children and many legends sprang up to explain his presence.

By 450, churches in Asia Minor and Greece were being named in honor of him. By 800, he was officially recognized as the a saint by the Eastern Catholic Church.

In the 1200's, December sixth began to be celebrated as Bishop Nicholas Day in France.

By end of the 1400's, St Nicholas was the third most beloved religious figure, after Jesus and Mary. There were more than 2000 chapels and monasteries named after him.

In the 1500's people in England stopped worshipping St Nicholas and favored more another gift giving fgure Father Christmas. Over the centuries, St Nicholas' popularity grew, and many people in Europe made up nw stories that showed his concern for children. The name Santa Claus was derived from the Dutch Sinter Klass pronunciation of St Nicholas. Early Dutch settlers in New York (once called New Amsterdam) brought their traditions of St Nicholas. As children from other countries tried to pronounce Sinter Klass, this soon became Santa Klass, which was settled as Santa Claus. The old bishop's cloak with mitre, jeweled gloves and cozier were soon replaced with his red suit and clothing seen in other modern images.

This informarion and more regarding this topic can be found at the following link.  http://urbanlegends.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=urbanlegends&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.santas.net%2Fstnicholas.htm

History Behind The Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg's

While the origin of easter eggs can be explained in a form below, a pious legend among followers of Eastern Christianity says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.

A different, but not necessarily conflicting legend concerns Mary Magdalene's efforts to spread the Gospel. According to this tradition, after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with “Christ has risen,” whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red.


The idea of the Easter Bunny comes from early pagan (these are worldly or secular, no religious association with any particular one deity like Christianity has) traditions. The Easter traditions of the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs do not have any real ties to the Christian celebration of Easter but rather these Easter traditions, that are practiced today, are evolved from pagan symbols. The timing of the Christian celebration of Easter (to Christians this word represents the time frame and the events revolving around Jesus Christ?s death and resurrection) is around the time of the vernal equinox, which is linked historically with a pagan celebration that coincides with the arrival of spring. This pagan celebration also symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of the life around us, the idea of spring bringing new life, etc. Even the name ?Easter? itself has its basis in pagan traditions. The name is spawned from the Saxon goddess of Eastre (or Oestre or Ostara) who was the goddess of the dawn and the spring. Eastre, was of course, a fertility goddess who brought an end to winter making days longer and brighter with a passion for ?new life?. Eastre?s presence could be felt by all in the spring as the newly flowering plants, and the new births of babies both human and animal were happening all around. This is where we start to see the formation of the ?EASTER BUNNY? because the animal associated with this goddess as her sacred animal was the RABIT because of this animal?s well known rapid production and fertility prosperity. Easter eggs and ?Easter Bunnies? were both featured in the festivals of Ostara or ?Eastre? which were initially held during the pagan feasts of the goddess Ishtar. The pagans used eggs in the celebration because these are an obvious symbol of fertility with new born chicks also being a great representation of new life. During these feasts and festivals the pagan?s worshiping would use brightly colored eggs, chicks, and ?bunnies? to express their appreciation of the abundance ?Eastre? had provided for them.

When it comes to the actual character that we know as the ?Eastre bunny? or ?EASTER BUNNY? and the idea of him bringing us chocolate eggs on Easter, there is a very interesting pagan story behind the legend. The legend claims that the goddess ?Eastre?, or Ostara as she is also known, felt very bad for arriving late one spring (the season of spring must have actually been late in its coming the year this legend was born) and in order to help make a mends for this she decided to save the life of a poor bird whose wings had frozen in the snow. Eastre made this bird her pet and some versions of the legend even say it made the bird her lover. Feeling compassion for this bird of hers because he no longer had the ability to fly Eastre decided to turn him into a snow hare named ?Lepus?. She also gave him the ability to run very fast so he could avoid hunters and she also gave him one more special gift. In remembrance of his life as a bird Eastre gave Lepus the ability to lay ?eggs?. Not only could Lepus lay eggs but these eggs would also come out in all the different colors of the rainbow. There was only one downfall to this great ability Lepus had, he could only lay these eggs on one day each year, on the day that the festival of Eastre was celebrated. From this simple and earliest known pagan legend we get the first stories of the birth of the idea of the ?EASTER BUNNY? and also Easter Eggs and where they get their multiple bright colors from.

History of the EASTER BUNNY: Traditions around the World

In terms of more recent traditions the character that we in the West would call the ?Easter Bunny?, in our minds, is often a big, almost lifelike, character. A giant loveable and friendly white bunny who is as real as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. And who also delivers chocolate eggs to the homes of kids by hiding them in their houses or their yards but providing them with baskets to go and hunt the eggs with during the spring celebration of Easter. When you read it like that it sounds kind of silly don't you think? I mean at least Santa Claus is based on a human being. Anyway's when it comes to the Easter Bunny and other Easter traditions it is important to realize that the customs surrounding this season and Holiday are different around the world.

Believe it or not the first actually documented use of the ?Bunny? as a symbol of ?Easter? occurs in the late 1500?s in Germany of all places. Although if you read the previous article you would know that pagan traditions and legends point the hare or rabbit as often being strongly associated with the time of ?Eastre? or ?Easter?. Following along with their firsts in terms of the ?Easter Bunny? it was the Germans in the 1800?s who were the first ones to also create edible ?Easter Bunnies?. However, it was actually the Pennsylvania Dutch who brought the ?Easter Bunny? from Europe to the United States in the 1700's. Every spring their children would be spinning with excitement in their wait for the arrival of ?Oschter Haws? (their Easter Bunny character) and the gifts that accompanied him; this was a joy for these Dutch children that could only be rivaled by the winter visit of ?Sinterklaas? (their name for Saint Nick ? the mispronunciation of this name is where Santa Claus comes from).

The character of the rabbit or bunny is revered around the world in different cultures. Many Asian cultures hail the rabbit as a sacred messenger to the divine. Even for Buddhists and Egyptians the rabbit has special meaning. And of course Western Europe has their strong beliefs in the rabbit as a symbol of fertility and new life. It is thought that the knowledge of the Eastern traditions to do with the rabbit must have spread to Europe as communication between these two groups increased. Also the fact that the two groups beliefs about the rabbit blended so well together must have helped keep these traditions alive. Even Native American peoples and the ancient Mayans had their beliefs about the mysticism of rabbits a.k.a. bunnies.

Over time these many different traditions/legends about rabbits/bunnies has molded this animal from an symbolic ancient bringer of life, etc. into the ?Easter Bunny? a symbol of the Holiday which celebrates resurrection. In truth, part of the message remains the same as the Rabbit is still symbolic of a season and time when all things are possible and everything can again be new.

When it comes to the modern day tradition of the Easter Bunny, in North America, we follow the idea that on Easter Sunday children wake up to discover either that the ?Easter Bunny? has left them a basket full of candy or that he has hidden eggs (maybe decorated ones or simply chocolate ones) for them to find. There are only a few other countries who follow this same tradition. For example, in Austria, the ?Easter Bunny? who is known to them as ?Osterhase? hides decorated eggs, for children to find the next day, on the night before Easter Sunday. In New Zealand the stores all carry Hot Cross Buns (with the crosses being symbolic of Christ?s cross) and chocolate eggs that the Easter Bunny fills his basket with and delivers to all the children during his delivery rounds on Easter Sunday morning; usually hiding these treats just like the American ?Easter Bunny? so that children have to search for them. In New Zealand?s neighboring country of Australia, they also believe in the ?Easter Bunny?. However, rabbits are considered pests and so there has been a long running campaign to replace the ?Easter Bunny? with the Easter Bilby (a native marsupial ? there are ?Easter Bilbies? made of chocolate and are sold to fund raise for this endangered marsupial) but the ?Easter Bunny is still more popular.

Not all countries celebrate the Easter Bunny or have even heard of him. Other countries have their own strange Easter traditions including Sweden, where in its western provinces there are competitions to see who can create the biggest bonfire and fireworks are shot off. In Norway, Easter time brings out the more modern tradition of ?Easter-crime? shows which are aired including televising detective novels and crime stories. No one knows where this tradition came from. On the other hand, just as in the West almost all countries that celebrate this Holiday do have some form of ?Easter eggs?.

This information and more regarding this topic can be found at the following link.  http://www.professorshouse.com/family/holidays/history-easter-bunny.aspx