It turns out that many Americans have no idea that Memorial Day is celebrated to honor the nation’s fallen military men and women, and they’re turning to Google in droves to search for the true meaning of the holiday.
Ever since 2011, “What is Memorial Day?” has ranked near the very top of the list of Google searches related to the holiday, surpassed only by “When Is Memorial Day?” according to Google Trends data.
The remaining searches in the top 10 further reveal people’s confusion regarding the meaning of the holiday, which is now celebrated more for kicking off summer, opening beaches and lighting barbecue grills than honoring those who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Rounding out the rest of the top five Google searches related to Memorial Day are:
- Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?
- Is Memorial Day a holiday?
- What is Memorial Day about/what does it mean?
That being said, we thought we’d share some of our favorite party foods that your teeth will enjoy too!
- Watermelon: Watermelon is delicious and extremely healthy. It’s mostly made up of water and packed with vitamins A, C and B6, and the potent antioxidant, lycopene.
- Fruit and cheese: No picnic is complete without a cheese and fruit platter! Cheese is good for your teeth in several ways. First, it helps produce saliva, which rids your mouth of harmful bacteria. Also, the calcium and phosphates in cheese help to keep teeth strong. For fruits, choose low-acid options, such as apples, apricots and plums.
- Corn on the cob: This outdoor party essential is loaded with healthy nutrients that are important for dental health such as fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and phosphorus. Just be sure to clean out particles stuck in your teeth, as they can counteract the health benefits.
- Veggie skewers: You can never have too many vegetables, so chop some up and skewer them for shish kabobs on the grill. Bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini and squash are some great veggies to grill.
- Healthy coleslaw: Cabbage is a low-calorie veggie that is full of vitamin C. There are many healthy variations, such as those that use Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar instead of regular vinegar. With just a few simple ingredient swaps, you can load up your plate at the next picnic guilt-free and teeth-friendly!