Fresh Facts

How can you tell if you need to drink more water?

Simply pinch the skin on the back of your hand. It should spring back, but if it stays in a pinch too long, then you should probably grab your water bottle! Water not only quenches a thirst, it also keeps you cool, wards off headaches making it easier to concentrate, and keeps muscle cramps at bay, making you last longer playing sports.

Did you know that bananas are considered both a fruit and a herb?

The banana tree is not a tree at all as its stem doesn't contain any woody tissue, which makes it a herb. And by definition, a fruit develops from the ovary of a flower (which is exactly what a banana does) and contains the seeds of that plant. Now we don't really see seeds in commercially grown bananas but wild bananas are almost inedible as they contain loads of big black seeds. Maybe we should have a new term for them – a frerb? a hruit?

Knowing your fruits and vegetables!

We all know by now that tomatoes are fruits and not vegetables, but did you also know that other vegetable-like fruits include capsicums, cucumbers and even chili's! Maybe don't include that last one in your fruit salad.

We've all heard the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away' right?

Well it's not far from the truth. If you include fresh fruit and vegetables every day, at breakfast, in your lunchbox, after school and at dinner time, all your organs will thank you by functioning at their best and making you as well, strong, fast and smart as you can be.

Don't peel your zucchinis!

Most of the nutritional benefits of zucchinis are found in its dark green skin, so they are best consumed unpeeled.

You've heard of DNA right?

Well Vitamin B6 that is found in potatoes is essential in the creation of DNA. That means every cell in your body (and there are millions) need Vitamin B6 to even exist.

Make sure you eat your eggs!

Egg yolks, especially those from chooks that are raised on farms where they can roam free and nibble on grass amongst other things, contain Vitamin K2, which makes your heart super healthy and strong. The yellow colour of the yolk is due to beta-carotene, which turns into Vitamin A when your body needs it, which helps keep your eyes healthy.

Sage is great for your memory!

So if you have a test coming up, ask mum or dad to add some sage to dinner. It also helps to soothe a sore throat.