Summer Food Indulgence: Dare to Treat Your Taste Buds

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During the hot summer months, we're all trying to keep cool and fit, and have fun. Take this summer foods quiz to find new foods that fit with your summer plans.

Star fruit, also known as carambola, has an obvious shape: When cut across the middle, it resembles a five-pointed star. What gives star fruit its exotic taste?

Proanthocyanids: Say that three times fast. These are plant pigments that give star fruit its electrifying tart taste, somewhere between plums and pineapples. Proanthocyanidins can help the heart by promoting better blood sugar control, plus they contain antioxidants.

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What tart fruit blows fire, comes from a cactus native to Central and South America, and provides a good source of vitamin C?

OK, we were kidding about the fire. Pitaya sounds more like a tasty fajita, and it's also known as dragon fruit. While it doesn't really breathe flame, it does have a couple of surprises. It can help lower and stabilize blood glucose levels for people who suffer from type two diabetes, while also decreasing levels of bad cholesterol.

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What is the main ingredient of a pastilla?

Squab, better known as pigeon, is the main traditional ingredient of this elaborate sweet and salty Moroccan meat pie.

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Baklava is a cool pastry treat sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Where is its origin?

Unknown: The exact origin of Baklava is hard to pinpoint, because every region in the Middle East claims it as their own. But, it's safe to say it did originate somewhere in the Mediterranean.

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It's an Egyptian fruit salad, eaten with ice cream and a juice cocktail. Plus, it constantly changes with the fruits of the season. Can you guess the name?

Fakhfakina: a salad whose name quickly becomes a curse if you say it too fast.

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Chicken, sherry vinegar and grapes combine to form a unique and favorite dish in what country?

In Spain, this dish can include everything from cream sherry to Oloroso (dark) sherry.

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Fried chicken could pass for being a sweet summer delicacy down in the American South, depending on how you season it, and in other countries they like to fry more than just chicken. Can you guess what fruit is considered a fried indulgence in Southeast Asia?

Bananas, known as goreng piseng, are lightly fried bananas in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and other surrounding countries. It is normally served with coconut or vanilla ice cream.

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Is there an antioxidant ice cream?

Green tea ice cream with sweetened red beans has been stirring up a healthy sweet tooth frenzy in Yamaya, Australia, though you can find similar versions elsewhere in the world. If you're in to other wild flavors, head to Yaku's Restaurant in the Philippines for Wasabi or Chili ice cream.

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Which dairy product is healthiest?

It depends on the dairy product. Some dairy products provide high-quality protein, riboflavin (B2), calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The calorie and fat contents of these dairy foods vary depending on the type of milk used and the addition of cream, egg yolk solids or sweetening agents, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. In a way, sherbet is healthier because it only contains 1 percent milk, but the downside is it has more sugar. Checking the nutrition facts is always a good bet.

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If you want to keep cool with a tall glass of milk, a platter of cheese or a dish of ice cream, you might want to head to America's Dairyland, which is:

Make your way on over to Wisconsin if you want the freshest ice cream, gelato and everything dairy-cool. Wisconsin has countless dairy farms and dairy products, which is why it received the slogan "America's Dairyland."

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Summer months are scorching hot, which is why it's important to drink a lot of water. What fun summer treat will keep you the most hydrated?

Plain water's the biggest hydrator, but when it comes to fruit, watermelon, will keep you the most hydrated. Watermelon, regardless of its size, is between 90 and 92 percent water. Fruit smoothies usually have between 1 and 2 cups of water, depending on the smoothie, and in most cases they have more sugar than water. Ice cream is only 50 to 60 percent of water.

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