The raccoons are making their nightly rounds, eating cat food biscuits in the back patio. I wish I could take a photo of them in real time but they only come by at night in an area that is not well lit. By the time I get my camera out they would be gone.
There is the mother raccoon and her two kits are usually not far behind. I often see the mother raccoon in the front yard, not far from my door, and when she sees me she stands in an upright position her two hind legs.
raccoon on hind legs
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I believe that it is very important to try to help those in the local community who need a helping hand and that is why whenever we have extra cans of food or bags of chips or crackers, we donate them to the local food bank in our area. Many churches and humanitarian organizations also accept food and supplies and it is always a good gesture to donate to those who are in need..
food pantry donations needed
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What do we know about high fructose corn syrup, and is it good or bad for our health?
looking at a corn field
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a calorie-providing sweetener used to sweeten foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn. A relatively new food ingredient, it was first produced in Japan in the late 1960s, then entered the American food supply system in the early 1970s. HFCS is a desirable food ingredient for food manufacturers because it is equally as sweet as table sugar, blends well with other foods, helps foods to maintain a longer shelf life, and is less expensive (due to government subsidies on corn) than other sweeteners. It can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream and even bread. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=486)
This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like
There are two types of high fructose corn syrup found in foods today:
HFCS-55 (the main form used in soft drinks) contains 55% fructose and 45% glucose.
There is something about walking into a clean grocery store and walking through the produce section smelling the fresh fruits and vegetables. I love the smell of fresh lettuce, bell peppers, onions, cabbage and tomatoes
Quite honestly, I am not a fan of the fresh FISH section, though they say we should eat fish on a daily basis in order to maintain good health.
I could spend an hour or two walking through the produce section taking in the smells and looking at the fresh fruits and vegetables.