11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Dogs that roll over and expose their bellies to another dog are not being submissive. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. It takes 15 million tons of salt to melt ice and snow on U.S. highways, roads and sidewalks each winter. (Learn more at Vox.com) 3. Babies remember new accomplishments if they soon fall asleep. (Learn more at BBC) 4. An avocado a day can lower bad cholesterol. (Learn more at Penn State via Futurity) 5. The …

What’s Creamy and Green And We Eat 1.3 Billion Pounds of It?

Holy guacamole! The country is eating record amounts of creamy, green avocado  — the key ingredient in our favorite Mexican dip — and fast food chains are embracing it on their menus. All this is good news for older Americans. Research has shown that the avocado is rich in vitamin E as well as lutein, an antioxidant that helps protect against macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness in older Americans. The avocado announcements began in May with Subway saying it was adding an avocado spread …