Here we are again — another #FACTUALFRIDAY everyone — and the day before one of the biggest holidays we celebrate in America — The Fourth of July!
But, what are the facts surrounding the Fourth of July? Many of us think this was the day in 1776 when we received our Independence from England. Well, not exactly — but we’re on the right track.
Actually, the Fourth of July is known as Independence Day because it’s the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the final Declaration of Independence. Originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, John Adams, Ben Franklin and Roger Sherman — the Declaration was later revised and sent to Congress for approval. And, on July 4, 1776, this final version was adopted by all thirteen colonies.
Yet, the American Revolution was still being fought. Indeed, the war did not end until seven years later in 1783 when we finally did receive our Independence from England. And, even though the Fourth of July had been celebrated during the war in very modest and quiet ways, it now became a patriotic holiday marked by large celebrations with speeches, parades and fireworks.
Much like today!! Although today our celebrations are more than likely to include a BBQ as well! So, let’s just add a few more facts to our Friday by reminding everyone that:
1) High temperatures during grilling can result in the formation of chemicals like heterocyclic amines or HCAs, so;
2) It’s good to avoid eating the charred or blackened portions of your BBQ that may contain more of this compound, and;
3) Marinating your meat before grilling can decrease the formation of HCAs by about ninety-six percent!
So have a wonderful and yummy, safe and healthy Fourth of July everyone!
And until next time,
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