Originally, the lyrics of a popular nursery rhyme associated with magpies was about bringing good or bad luck. It is said that depending on how many magpies one sees a day, a blessed or an unhappy event will happen to him or her. The lyrics of “One for Sorrow” have been changed over the times. The oldest known version of the song dates back to the late 18th century, and was found in a note by John Brand in Observations on Popular Antiquities, Lincolnshire, 1780. Later on, in the early 19th century it appears in a “Proverbs and Popular saying” book, collected from oral tradition and published by M. A. Denham, in 1846, London.
One for sorrow,
Two for mirth,
Three for a wedding,
And four for death
Well—a wedding? That would be nice, but unlikely. Hold on. My grandson in Australia will be married shortly. Perhaps they'll elope. What fun!
I dressed and turned on my computer for the day, ready to find a news item to talk about. After selecting the subject, I ate four canned prunes and sat down again to compose my blog.
Here are a couple of answers to healthy food questions from experts in their field.
Eating to give ourselves the best chance at achieving good health isn't always as straight-forward as it seems. Conflicting evidence pulls us one way and then another.
I remember back in the 70s, nutritionists said avocado should be avoided because of its high fat content. Yet now, we know those fats are essential for health. Living in Australia where they grow, I took no notice and ate them anyway. I'd read books about Edgar Cayce who gave many predictions, spiritual insights, and health advice from a sleeping state. His family took down everything he said and published his words. One of them was about avocados being very healthy.
A nutritionist at Nature’s Plus (naturesplus.co.uk) says heavy metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury can leak into canned food. Whereas frozen food can be as good as when it’s fresh.
Of course, it doesn't taste as good as food taken straight from the grower. As an example, frozen Brussel sprouts can be rank at times, whereas fresh sprouts are full flavor and delicious. I like my canned prunes which can't be purchased fresh at this time of the year in the UK.
For years, experts said too much animal fat and dairy was bad for us. Yet new research has found it doesn’t increase heart disease risk after all. According to a nutritionist, (thenutritioncoach.co.uk), butter is natural whereas spreads and margarines are highly processed and often contain hydrogenated fats. These are more harmful to our health than the saturated fat found in butter.
Of course, you should avoid eating too much of any one thing. “Everything in moderation,” my father used to say.
A nutritionist at NutriCentre explains that full fat milk may seem unhealthy because it contains more fat, but the fat actually helps us to absorb vitamins A and D that are found in milk. Because the vitamins are fat-soluble, they won’t be absorbed without higher-fat foods. Full-fat milk also helps to make us feel fuller and more satisfied, therefore we eat less overall.
I must admit, I eat margarine for convenience. If kept in the fridge, butter is hard to spread. But once taken to room temperature, it's so delicious. And, I use half-fat milk in my three cups of tea a day, as well as using half milk, half water, when making my porridge. I don't think I'll change any of my eating habits for the foreseeable future. As a rather inactive woman in her seventies, I don't need more fat. But you younger ones should go for it. Eat butter and enjoy full-fat milk.
'Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.'