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Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here... 

This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found out, and here I can also rant a bit. 

Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet.  Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.

As I learn and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes, and websites, I will share the information with you here.  Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one.  Knowledge helps you and gives you the power to make better decisions.

It's not just about what you don't do or can't have.  It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...

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Listing all posts with label Fun Food Facts. Show all posts.
  1. What do you think? Do you know your fruits and vegetables? Are chilies a vegetable or a fruit?
    This picture might have given you a clue.
  2. There are over 500 known varieties of chiles in the world, with all chiles originating in Central America. Chilies don't have to be hot but they do add flavor. Learn to add some to your food and you will add flavor. The same chilies will taste different when they are fresh (if you use the seeds or not), dried, powdered, smoked, pureed, and of course by how much you use.
  3. Yes, There are hundreds of varieties of avocados. It’s amazing that 95% of avocados sold in the US are grown in California and about 90% of those are Hass. That may be why so many folks think there is only one type of avocado or 2 if you consider ripe and unripe.
  4. In the US, tomatoes are a fruit and a vegetable.  Interesting how this came about.
    Tomatoes botanically are a fruit, but, according to law, they are a vegetable. During the 1800's, New York's port taxed imported vegetables, but not fruits. An importer wanting to cut costs, went to court stating tomatoes were fruits.  His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled, that produce often served with meats or fish is a vegetable. So, he had to pay a tomato tax and today we think of tomatoes as a vegetable.
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Disclaimer:  This will be information, ideas and comments only. You should check with your doctor before changing your diet.

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