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Interesting Food Facts
Welcoming you all to a new collection of fun facts on food. Food is a reason for our existence. Someone once said that he will not be satisfied with technology unless he can download food. That is how much we love food! Here are some fun and interesting facts about food.
- Do you know where do Europe get majority of its pineapple? The answer is Costa Rica. Yes, Costa Rica sells almost 75% of their pineapple to Europe.
- What is pineapple generally called in Hawaii? It is called Halakahiki.
- Do you know the Dole Plant’s Pineapple Garden has been recorded to be the largest maze in the world? It stretches for over three acres. Do you know where it is located? It is in Hawaii. Therefore, next time you kids plan a trip to Hawaii, you can drop in to check this maze out in Ohau.
- We have all about Red Bull, the energy drink. However, how many of us know that it actually takes a bull to make an energy drink? Energy drinks contain taurine, which is an organic acid to regulate heartbeat. This acid was originally isolated from bull bile in 1827. It has been named taurine after the Latin name tayras, which mean bull.
- Do you know that sweet jelly, which kids love, is made up of skin and bones? Jelly is made up of gelatin which is a substance produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen. This is extracted from animal skin, bones, and connective tissues. Hence, those jelly desserts, especially your gummy candies are animal skin and bone extracts.
- Do you know what keeps food fresh and appetizing? The answer is sand. Silicon dioxide is a type of chemical found in sand, which is used as an anti-caking agent in powdered food products and seasonings.
- Propylene Glycol is an organic compound, which is found in antifreeze. This antifreeze is used as a common ingredient in your food as well. Do you know what anti-freeze does? It thickens the food, stabilizes the icing on your cakes, and keeps salads fresh and so on.
- Who doesn't like mushy peas as a side dish with fish and chips? Those mushy peas are made up of dried peas. There are many types of tinned peas like processed, mushy and marrowfats. You can eat peas straight out of the pod. One serving of peas contains as much as Vitamin C as two large apples, more fiber than there is in one slice of whole-wheat bread, and more thiamine than a pint of beer. In Britain, there is an estimate of over 9000 peas being consumed per year per person. Peas boiled with onions and spiced with cinnamon is a powerful aphrodisiac.
- Do you know who completed the world record of eating 7175 peas in a minute with chopsticks? She was Janet Harris of Sussex. The proper etiquette for eating peas is to squash them on the back of your fork. Clarence Birdseye froze the first frozen peas in the 1920’s.
- There have been numerous shows about peas. For example:
- In 1969, the first television commercial broadcast in color was for Birds Eye frozen peas. The UK is the largest producer of peas for freezing. In 1989, there was a television program about peas than lived in overgrown flowerpots at the bottom of a garden. It was called The Poddington Peas. In 1990, The Rescuers Down Under featured a restaurant scene. During this scene, a pea dropped down from a table. A talking insect took the pea and made his own pea soup for his “diners” aka mice.
- Did you know that pasta was traditionally eaten by hands? One cup of cooked pasta equals to your fist size. Italians eat over sixty pounds of pasta each year. Italy produces 1,432,990 tons of pasta per year and exports 1.7 million ton each year.
- Do you know the average and affordable price of pasta in UK? It is 89 pence. Pasta has several health benefits as it has low calories and contains many nutrients and minerals. Dog and cats can also eat pasta as it helps in their healthy growth and keeps their coats glossy. The National Pasta Association is a worldwide group, which enjoys eating and discussing anything and everything about pasta and its history.
- Do you know when the National Pasta month is celebrated? It is in October.
- Did you know that when it comes to food there are two types of sugar? They are- added sugar and naturally occurring sugar. The body is not made to tell the difference between the two types of sugars because they have the same chemical composition. Labels on food packaging include both added and naturally occurring sugars whereas ingredient lists display only added sugars. Added sugars are usually nothing different from natural sweeteners other than being granulated sugars.
- Do you know that according to Total Health, men and women are advised to consume different amounts of sugar? Women should limit their consumption of sugar to six teaspoon of sugar each day, whereas men may consume as many as nine teaspoon of sugar per day. So now, we know the difference of consumption of sugar among the gender.
- Do you want natural highlights in your hair? Apply lemon juice daily for a week and see the results. You will be amazed to see the new color. Wealth Victorians grew lemon trees in their homes. It was considered a signal of opulence and prestige. The homes would be fragrant too. Have you heard of the annual lemon festival? Yes, Menton in the French Riviera celebrates annual lemon festival. This is conducted in the months of February and March. Lemon oil is used in unsealed rosewood fingerboards of stringed instruments. Lemon shark is named for its yellowish skin. In addition, they are high in Vitamin C and lemons can prevent scurvy. You need 500-wired lemons to conduct electricity and power a flashlight bulb. In the 1990s, lemon was a common unisex name.
- Do you know how much the heaviest lemon weigh did? It was 11 pound, 9.7 ounces in 2003.
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