April 4: Vitamin C Day, World Rat Day, Chocolate Milk Powder Day

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Apr 4, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

Vitamin C Day

Feel like you’re catching a cold? Quick — drink some orange juice! That’s probably not the first time you’ve heard that holistic health advice. And it’s good advice at that! Orange juice is high in Vitamin C, which “improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease.” Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which helps protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries and tomatoes. Adult women need 75 mg of Vitamin C each day, and adult men need 90 mg. Smokers should add 35 mg to those totals.

Today is “Vitamin C Day.” You can celebrate by getting your daily dose from one of these foods high in Vitamin C:

* Kiwi — One serving has 137.2 mg

* Cauliflower — One serving has 127.7 mg

* Red Bell Pepper — One cup chopped has 190.3 mg

World Rat Day

The Rat List is “the longest standing mailing list on the Internet dedicated to the topic of the pet rat.” It was started years ago on April 4, so that day seemed appropriate for the official annual celebration of pet rats — “World Rat Day!”

Rats actually do make good pets. According to petrats.org, more than a half a million U.S. households have pet rats or mice. Here are some other interesting pet rat facts:

* Similar to dogs, pet rats generally like to be petted on their head and having their ears scratched.

* Rats grind their teeth both when they are stressed and when they are feeling content.

* Male and female rats differ in both physical appearance and personality. (Male rats are more apt to sit still while you pet them.)

You can celebrate this unusual day by watching the 1972 horror film “Ben.” Check it out on Yahoo! Movies.

Chocolate Milk Powder Day

Like many others, I grew up loving chocolate milk powder. I had my favorite brand, but there were several to choose from, even back then. If you’re a big fan like me, you have Casparus van Wooden of Amsterdam to thank for this rich, delicious treat. He patented chocolate milk powder on April 4, 1828. In his honor, April 4 is celebrated each year as “Chocolate Milk Powder Day.”

But before chocolate milk powder there was, of course, the discovery of chocolate milk. It was first concocted by an Irish physician named Sir Hans Sloane while traveling through Jamaica. Soon after his discovery he took his sweet creation to England and sold it in apothecaries as medicine.

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