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That is the holiday question

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The poinsettia

Here's another holiday icon that's suffered from eons of bad - and mistaken - press. For decades, old aunties and grandmas went ballistic when poinsettia plants were kept at child-height, as though brushing against one would cause instant death. But I trust the Mayo Clinic when it says that poinsettia plants are not, repeat, not poisonous. Not that you want to encourage kids or pets, especially cats, to eat them, but they shouldn't be a source of undue anxiety. That said, it is possible for someone, child or not, to brush against a poinsettia and suffer an allergic skin reaction. Maybe that's how the myth arose.

 

The cranberry sauce

Eat it happily and often, presuming it's not hijacked by sugar. Cranberries are loaded with vitamin C and fibre, and provide some of the finest antioxidants money can buy.

 

The stuffing

Eat it. But make sure it was properly cooked. Get thyself a meat thermometer and use it. Turkey stuffing should be heated to 165 F. Stuff Mr. Bird loosely and after the feast, refrigerate it promptly - within two hours. Stick the stuffing in smaller containers, not one big mass.

 

The champagne

Low in fibre, medium in carbs, high in joy. Go for it.

 

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who just went for another biscotti.

 

 

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