Cashews: Experts weigh in on health benefits and More

Cashews may lower risk of coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of heart attack deaths worldwide. Cashews contain heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as other bioactive compounds including micronutrients, phytosterols, and fiber. 

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Adding cashews to one’s diet will contribute to the prevention of iron deficiency anemia, which is a concern for individuals following strict vegan or vegetarian diets. Cashews are rich in iron as well as zinc and protein; making them a healthy choice for individuals who do not consume animal products or animal flesh. 

  • Cashew contains vitamin C and zinc which play a vital role in strengthening the immune system protecting against infections and helping in wound healing.
  • Cashew prevents cardiovascular disease as it has good fats called oleic acid, and antioxidants which reduce triglyceride blood levels and protect the heart.
  • Cashew helps in the prevention of some types of cancer such as breast, colon and prostate, due to it contains lycopene, beta-carotene and cardanol which inhibits the proliferation of tumours as it reduces oxidate stress.

Despite this good news however, there are some side effects.

Due to its high oxalate content, cashew may increase the risks of kidney stones when taken in excess by individuals prone to kidney diseases.

  • Casher is an excellent source of magnesium which may interfere with several medications such as quinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin. It can also affect blood pressure medications and calcium channel blockers, increasing the risk of side effects associated with these medications and causing nausea and fluid retention.
  • Allergies caused by cashews are increasing every day and may affect young children. This provoke airways constriction producing shortness of breath, treat swelling, itchy mouth and esophagus, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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How to Make a Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board Everyone Will Be Thankful For

If your Thanksgiving is anything like mine, you have friends and family hovering in the kitchen until the much-anticipated meal is ready. In order to keep people from continually asking “Is it ready yet?,” a Thanksgiving charcuterie board is the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer to serve while you’re finishing up the mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey. Packed with meat, cheese, nuts, fruits and veggies, this seasonal spread has something for everyone.

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Foods to Include

Cheeses and meat: It wouldn’t be a traditional charcuterie board without cheese and meat! We opted for rolled-up cuts of hot uncured capocollo, and several kinds of cheese: a tangy blue, cubes of Colby and a wedge of Merlot Bellavitano with a vibrant, edible rind. We also cut a maple leaf shape into a small wheel of buttery Brie and filled it with highbush cranberry jam—a simple yet creative way to incorporate fall shapes on your Thanksgiving charcuterie board.

Fruits, vegetables and herbs: A wide selection of fall produce makes a Thanksgiving board feel especially seasonal.

A loose line of apples, pears and miniature pumpkins (both real and ceramic) draws your eye from one side of the spread to the other. Blanched green beans, as well as sprigs of sage, rosemary and thyme, bring in a pop of green to break up the warm harvest hues, while tiny arils in pomegranate halves add a lot of visual texture—even in comparison to slightly bigger fruits like dried apricots and grapes.

Other items: Both pickles and homemade cinnamon praline nuts bring some necessary crunch, and would make a perfect pair with the blanched green beans. Maple leaf cookies from Trader Joe’s are a sweet treat that everyone will want to try, while a bowl of mixed olives in a pumpkin-shaped bowl is a salty, savory finishing touch.

How to Build a Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

Step 1: Begin with the Brie

First, cut a maple leaf shape into the wheel of Brie using a cookie cutter. Then, place the Brie and the jar of highbush cranberry jam a little off center from the middle of the board.

While we went with a maple leaf shape to match the Trader Joe’s cookies, you can use whatever fall-shaped cookie cutout you like.

Step 2: Place the bowls

After the Brie and jam, place the next biggest items: the bowls. Put down the bowl of olives in the top right corner, and balance out the board by putting the other bowl of candied pecans further away, leaving some space in between the cheese to make room for produce.

Step 3: Make space for the apples, pears and pumpkins

The empty space between the jar of jam and the bowl of pecans is perfect for bigger items like apples and pears. After you place some there, disperse the rest of them throughout the board, feeling free to cut one (or a few) in half.

Step 4: Set down the other cheeses

We placed the Merlot Bellavitano next to the Brie, since the purple coloring on the rind matches the cranberry jam in the middle of the wheel of Brie. Cubes of Colby would pair nicely with the pecans, so we put them next to each other in the bottom left corner. We set the red pomegranate halves above the orange bowl of pecans.

Step 5: Fill with remaining fruits, veggies, pickles and meat

Since the remaining items are smaller, they’re perfect for filling in the gaps on the board. We put the pickles and dried apricots in the upper left-hand corner, next to the pomegranates. Because the blanched green beans and rolls of hot uncured capocollo are similarly shaped, they look nice near each other in the lower left-hand corner.

Create some visual contrast by putting the round grapes next to the Colby cubes.

Step 6: Arrange the finishing touches

Arrange the Trader Joe’s maple leaf cookies to the right of the wheel of Brie, and sprinkle in a few more cookies in other spots of the board as well. Tuck in aromatic green sprigs of sage, rosemary and thyme sporadically.

Step 7: Serve!

Put out snack plates, napkins and toothpick skewers, so guests can prick their desired food items easily without using their fingers. If you have them, cheese markers will help you as a host by taking away the need to explain each kind of cheese to every guest. If you like, Chardonnay would be an ideal drink pairing, or try even more perfect pairings for cheese boards.

Place spoons with the pecans, olives and jam— and don’t forget to fill your wheel of Brie with the jam before you serve it!

What else can you put on a Thanksgiving charcuterie board?

Although we only included one kind of meat on our board, you could easily add more if your guests love the protein. Some other options for charcuterie meats could include prosciutto or salami. Adding a few kinds of crackers to go along with the slew of cheeses makes perfect sense—whether you go with Wheat Thins, Triscuits or club crackers (or all of the above).

Otherwise, take the spread in a different direction by making it into a Thanksgiving treat board: Fill yours up with fudge-striped turkey cookies, fall-themed sugar cookies, candy corn, maple-glazed shortbread cookies, truffles and more of your favorite fall desserts.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Highly Anticipated Docuseries Release Date

A new royal show is heading to Netflix—and it isn’t just the next season of The Crown.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s highly anticipated docuseries will reportedly drop on the streaming giant this December, according to People. Liz Garbus, an Oscar-nominated documentary director who has previously worked on critically acclaimed projects like What Happened, Miss Simone? and Girlhood, will helm the series.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first signed a multiyear deal with Netflix back in 2020, for which they set out to produce docuseries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.

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Meghan opened up about working with Garbus in a recent interview with Variety.

“It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story—a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired—even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it. But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens,” she told the outlet. “It’s interesting. My husband has never worked in this industry before. For me, having worked on Suits, it’s so amazing to be around so much creative energy and to see how people work together and share their own points of view. That’s been really fun.”

Though there were whispers around the time their Netflix deal was announced that the couple would take part in a reality series, a spokesperson for the Sussexes shut the rumors down.

And Meghan said in an interview with The Cut earlier this year, “The piece of my life I haven’t been able to share, that people haven’t been able to see, is our love story. I hope that is the sentiment that people feel when they see any of the content or the projects that we are working on.”

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7 Text Message Scams to Avoid and Report Immediately

It sometimes feels like we get more text messages from scammers than from real people these days. And it’s not your imagination that things have gotten worse in the past year.

“In March, 11.6 billion scam messages were sent on American wireless networks, up 30 percent from February,” the New York Times reports.

Following are some of the worst recent scams to watch for.

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1. Medicare scams

The Federal Trade Commission notes scammers are taking advantage of Medicare’s open enrollment period to rip off seniors. The scam involves impersonating Medicare agents who request your Social Security number, banking details or credit card information in order to keep your benefits or sign up for a better plan.

Real Medicare representatives should already have the information they need from you. If not, they will call — not text — and only in specific situations.

You can report scammers of this type by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or visiting ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

2. Social Security scams

Scammers impersonating Social Security officials have been offering people higher benefits over text messages and luring them to a fake website to steal personal information, the Social Security Administration says.

There are ways to increase your benefit, but Social Security will only text you in certain rare situations described on its website, and it will never ask for personal info in the process.

You can report suspected scams at oig.ssa.gov/report.

3. Cable company scams

Want a lower cable or internet bill? Lately, scammers have been texting people to conveniently offer just that, the FTC says. They ask you to prepay part of your bill — in gift cards — to qualify for the offer.

Anyone telling you to pay with a gift card is scamming you, and you won’t be able to get the money back, according to the FTC.

Report scams of this type at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

4. IRS scams

Tax season is a few months away still, but the IRS is warning of an “exponential” increase in text scams. These texts trick taxpayers into clicking a link where their personal information is collected by promising things such as tax credits or COVID-19 relief.

The IRS will never text you asking for personal or financial information. It asks you report such scams by emailing a copy of the exact text or sending a screenshot to phishing@irs.gov. You can also forward such texts to your wireless provider at 7726 (SPAM) so they can attempt to block the number from texting others.

5. Amazon scams

We’re entering the holiday shopping season, which is what you might call a prime opportunity for scammers. Texts posing as Amazon may mention orders you didn’t place and link to a purported Amazon URL, which is actually a fake designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Amazon’s website explains how to spot this type of scam and provides a way to report suspicious messages.

6. Student loan forgiveness scams

The recent move by the federal government to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt is providing even more juicy targets for scammers.

Common texts from these scammers may scare borrowers by claiming the program is being discontinued, that forgiveness is “first come, first served” or that you must verify personal information to qualify, the U.S. Education Department warns.

You can report such texts to the Education Department, and if you made the mistake of trusting a scam message, you should contact your loan servicer and bank immediately to notify them.

7. Tech support scams

The upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales days are a great time to upgrade your computer and other tech — something many of us occasionally need help setting up.

Scammers take advantage of that by impersonating tech support services such as Best Buy’s Geek Squad, the FTC warns. You may receive texts claiming you’ll be charged hundreds of dollars to renew membership to this service, even if you never signed up for it.

Once they get you worked up, the scammer might offer to reverse the charge if you provide your bank account information or remote access to your computer, which they then use to rob your accounts.

The FTC advises consumers in these situations to contact the company in question using a phone number they know is real — you might grab one from a recent billing statement, business card or the company website — and asking about the text message.

You can report these scams and others at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance

Daily Language Practice

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Are Chia Seeds Good for Health? 

The small, black seeds are among the richest plant sources of the omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Diets high in ALA have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Chia seeds are also high in fiber, which may help lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels.

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Chia seeds have several beneficial effects on health. They are rich in omega-3-fatty acids, protein, fiber and various minerals. Aids in the reduction of free radical production, in turn, decreases cancer risk. Aids in metabolism improvement and increases antioxidant levels.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition

Some Good News for a Change

There’s still a lot of good in the world — and a lot of reasons to be hopeful. (Even when it doesn’t always feel that way.) Here is some good news for you.

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Grow Milkweed and Save the Monarchs

Types of milkweed to support monarch butterflies

It’s best to grow a milkweed that is native to your area so monarch butterflies that visit find the habitat to which they are accustomed. You can grow other species, but the natives are suited to your region. Most milkweeds grow best in full sun, but they will tolerate some shade. With the exception of swamp milkweed, which prefers moist, rich soil, milkweed species will thrive in poor, dry soils and disturbed areas, fields, and ditches. Also keep in mind that milkweed plants have some toxicity — so keep them out of places where livestock may graze and don’t let pets or children chew on them.

Photos courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery (whorled milkweed); John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org (green milkweed); Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org (antelope horns); D.L. Cook (California milkweed)

Milkweed is a host plant for monarch caterpillars

Though adult monarch butterflies sip nectar from many flowers, monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed plants, specifically those in the genus Asclepias. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants so their larvae, or caterpillars, have an instant food source once the eggs hatch. Chemicals in the milkweed are ingested by the caterpillars which are toxic to other animals, helping protect them from predators. Caterpillars and adult butterflies are also brightly colored, a natural warning that this insect is toxic.

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How to keep milkweed from taking over your garden

Many people consider milkweed a weed, but go ahead and plant those pretty “weeds.” The monarchs will thank you. However, if you are worried about these plants spreading too much or your neighbors complain, there are a few things you can do:

Contain milkweed rhizomes

Since milkweeds multiply through underground rhizomes and by seed, keep a small milkweed clump contained by sinking 12- to 18-inch plastic or metal edging into the ground around the plants. Or periodically spade into the ground around the base of the plants and remove any wandering rhizomes from the soil.

Remove seed pods

You’ll also want to cut green seed pods off so they can’t produce seed. It won’t bother the monarchs — they feed on leaves and stems as caterpillars and nectar as adults, so they won’t even notice the pods are gone!

BY: Jennifer Howell

Source: https://www.gardengatemagazine.com/articles/flowers-plants/bird-butterfly-friendly/types-of-milkweed-for-monarchs/

Tuesday is Love Your Freckles Day

So what else is happening this week that might interest you besides:

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Monday, Nov. 21

  • World Hello Day
  • World Television Day
  • National Stuffing Day
  • Alascattalo Day
  • National Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • Odd Socks Day
  • World Fisheries Day

Tuesday, Nov. 22

  • Go for a Ride Day
  • National Cranberry Relish Day
  • Love Your Freckles Day

Wednesday, Nov. 23

  • Drinksgiving
  • National Espresso Day
  • Fibonacci Day
  • Eat a Cranberry Day
  • National Cashew Day
  • National Jukebox Day
  • National Tie One On Day

Thursday, Nov. 24

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • National Day of Mourning
  • National Sardines Day
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • National Family Health History Day
  • D.B. Cooper Day

Friday, Nov. 25

  • Black Friday
  • Native American Heritage Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • National Play With Dad Day
  • Buy Nothing Day
  • You’re Welcomegiving Day
  • National Parfait Day
  • Sinkie Day
  • Maize Day
  • Flossing Day
  • Fur-Free Friday
  • Day of Listening

Saturday, Nov. 26

  • National Cake Day
  • Small Business Saturday
  • World Lewis Day

Sunday, Nov. 27

  • National Craft Jerky Day
  • Pins and Needles Day
  • Turtle Adoption Day
  • National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • Aura Awareness Day
  • Advent Sunday

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Article source: Woman’s Day©