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Do You Know Nutrition: Soft drinks, baker's dozen, bad breath explained

By By Phylis Canion
June 11, 2013 at 1:11 a.m.


I recently read an article about soft drinks. Can you please explain where that term came from? I don't seem to hear it that much anymore.

Soft drinks refer to nearly all beverages that do not contain alcohol. Thus, drinks with alcohol are known as hard drinks. Because of advertising, soft drinks typically refer to flavored, carbonated beverages.

The change came about when national and international advertising campaigns were having a hard time creating an advertising scheme because of the fact that the names varied from region to region.

Some referred to their drink as soda, pop, fizzy drinks, coke or minerals, and the list goes on. All manufacturers agreed on the term soft drink, and that has prevailed globally.

Why is a baker's dozen 13 instead of 12?

While there are many theories, the most noted dates back to the 13th century and to many societies throughout history and around the world that have had extremely strict laws concerning baker's wares.

As an example, in Ancient Egypt, should a baker be found cheating someone with their baked goods because it was based on weight, they would have their ear nailed to the front door of the bakery.

In Babylon, if a baker was found to have sold a "light" loaf of bread to someone, the baker would have his hand chopped off. These societies took this very seriously since bread was the primary food source for so many people.

Similar extreme measures are known throughout the world. Because it was not hard to accidently cheat a customer, bakers began giving more than what was required to make sure they went over and never under the required weight.

Can you please tell me why I have such horrible bad breath when I eat garlic?

When you eat garlic, sulfuric compounds are introduced into the mouth and results in what we refer to as bad breath. In addition to the sulfuric compounds, microbes, which are all ready in existence in the mouth, further exacerbate the problem.

The problem will continue, even after a generous mouth washing because the sulfuric compounds are metabolized, eventually making their way into the bloodstream.

One particular compound, allyl methyl sulfide, eventually gets exuded through the pores, passes into the air that fills your lungs, resulting in what many refer to as "barracuda breath." (I think that is even worse than just bad breath!)

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at doc.phyl@yahoo.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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