Facts about your favourite foods

South Shore Breaker - - Health& Wellness - CON­TRIB­UTED edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

Food is more than just a way to sus­tain life. Food can make a per­son feel good, pro­vide av­enues to en­gage with fam­ily and friends and serve as a way to ex­pe­ri­ence other cul­tures.

Cer­tain foods are uni­ver­sally en­joyed, while oth­ers may ap­peal to only a few peo­ple. Many peo­ple have favourite foods, even if they know lit­tle about th­ese foods. Check out th­ese fun facts about some pop­u­lar foods.

Pasta sauce

If en­joy­ing a plate full of pasta topped in rich, red mari­nara sauce can cure what ails you, then you will be happy to learn that cooked toma­toes are very good for per­sonal health. Toma­toes are nat­u­rally high in vi­ta­min C and the process of mak­ing tomato sauce in­creases the an­tiox­i­dant ac­tiv­ity in toma­toes, which can make the body less sus­cep­ti­ble to ill­ness. Tomato sauce con­tains ly­copene, which might re­duce your risk of heart disease, can­cer and mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion.

Red meat Steak or a juicy burger is a favourite for many peo­ple. But through the years there have been mixed re­views on the ben­e­fits and dis­ad­van­tages of eat­ing red meat. Iron in red meat is eas­ily ab­sorbed by the body and beef also sup­plies vi­ta­min B12, which helps main­tain healthy nerve and red blood cells. Red meat has a bad rep­u­ta­tion be­cause it can be high in fat and choles­terol. How­ever, choos­ing the right cuts, such as lean eye round roast and sir­loin, can off­set the neg­a­tive as­pects of red meat. There’s also ev­i­dence that grass­fed beef con­tains two to five times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef.

Mac­a­roni and cheese

Mac­a­roni and cheese is the num­ber 1 cheese recipe in the Amer­i­cas and has re­mained on the list of Amer­i­cas’ top 10 com­fort foods for decades. While it is beloved, mac­a­roni and cheese is be­lieved to trace its ori­gins to Italy. The first known recipe for this dish is from the 13th cen­tury in south­ern Italy. That recipe called for lasagna sheets and fer­mented cheese. Boxed ver­sions of the food ar­rived in the 19th cen­tury. To­day, there are many dif­fer­ent mac and cheese recipes, from clas­sic to gourmet.

Pizza

Most peo­ple eat pizza reg­u­larly, with some en­joy­ing a slice or more each week. The word ‘pizza’ dates back more than 1,000 years and was first men­tioned in a Latin text in 997 CE. It likely de­scribed what we now call fo­cac­cia or a leav­ened round crust of cooked dough, as toma­toes were not yet avail­able. Pizza now comes in many va­ri­eties, rang­ing from flat bread to thin crust to deep dish.

Con­trib­uted

Is a meal of steak and po­ta­toes your favourite dish? Red meat ac­tu­ally can be good for the body.

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