Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving and Nutmeg

Thanksgiving Day is almost here. Each year, we celebrate the goodness of the Lord and all that is bestowed upon us. We celebrate in much the same way as the Pilgrims of the Mayflower, who landed at Plymouth rock. The first Thanksging was held in 1621. Pilgrims and native Americans of the Wampanoag tribe celebrated together. They feasted on deer and wild turkeys. Some vegetables were present, but meat was the main staple. The noon hour was set aside for the "noon meat".
The Pilgrims used spices in their meals. Among the spices were ginger, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Let's take a minute to discuss the nutritional value of nutmeg.
Nutmeg is a seed from a tree. The most common species of nutmeg trees is the Myristica fragrans. This tree is indiginous to the Banda Islands.
Nutmeg not only tastes good, but it has nutritional value. Nutmeg is commonly used in pumpkin pie. However, pumpkin pie was probably not served at the first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims has used up their supply of sugar from the Mayflower by harvest time in the autumn of 1621.

7g of Nutmeg contains:

37 calories

2g of satured fat

3g of fat

0 cholesterol

1mg of sodium

12.8mg of manganese

12.9mg of calcium

24.5mg of potassium

1g fiber

0 protein

Low sodium content ,and no cholesterol,
makes nutmeg a good food to eat.

The fat content is not so attractive.

Nutmeg also contains vitamin A, C, and choline.

Nutmeg helps digestion. It reduces stomach acidity and flatulence.
It also is used in medicine for respiratory problems.

Nutmeg cures:

stomach aches


It also
detoxifys the body.

Nutmeg helps to increase circulation and reduces blood pressure.

Enjoy some pumpkin pie this holiday season
and reep the benefits of Nutmeg.