The other white meat

"When it comes to breakfast, it's time to take Canadian-style bacon off the back burner," says Robin Kline, director of the National Pork Producers Council's Pork Information Bureau."In reality, a serving of lean, cured meat like Canadian-style bacon offers 70 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, while a homemade bran muffin contains on average 112 calories and 5 grams of fat," she says.

And just what you always wanted to know: WHAT'S THE ORIGIN OF THE SAYING "A PIG IN A POKE?"

For the answer, call the Pork Information Bureau at 1-800-937-PORK.

MARY POPPINS WAS RIGHT!

Researchers at Brown University think that "just a spoonful of sugar does indeed make the medicine go down."

When they placed a small amount of sugary fluid on the tongue tips of 2- and 4-month-old infants just before they received vaccination shots, the babies cried and fussed less than infants who were given a dab of plain water.

AND . . . their cries weren't as loud and didn't last as long.

AND . . . the same researchers say that parents don't need to worry that newborns or older babies given a drop of sugar might develop a taste for it too early in life.

We are born with a preference for sugar; it's not something that develops with exposure to the sweet stuff.

GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

Winter's Heart & Soulagazine tells how vegetarians can encourage cheeseburger-chompers to go meatless.

1. Encourage experimentation: Start with beans. Sprinkle them with mozzarella, baste 'em with barbecue sauce and add them to spaghetti sauce.

2. Avoid using "vegetarian" labels. Instead try saying, "How would you feel about eating more beans and grains?"

3. Go for gradual change: Don't suddenly expect your meat-eating loved ones to suddenly go cold turkey (pardon the expression).

4. Experiment with a veggie dish once a week.

CULINARY QUOTE OF THE WEAK:

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."

- G.K. Chesterton