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Interesting Food Facts

Interesting Food Facts


You may have seen bugs in your garden or lawn, but how about seeing them on your plate for a wholesome meal? Nutritious, edible insects including beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and worms are packed with minerals and vitamins and are eaten by all types of people around the world.

If you are visiting China or Thailand, then stop for a deep-fried cicada on a stick. Alternately, while in the Netherlands, do not forget to get yourself a grasshopper spring roll. Or if you are on a safari through South Africa, try their special roasted ants and termites, which are eaten like popcorn.

Given below is a list of fantastic and amazing list of food facts. If your kids love their food, then they are sure to enjoy the facts given below;

  • Did you know that nearly thirty odd percent of adults have been scalded while dunking biscuits into hot drinks?
  • Do you suffer from Ortharexia Nervosa? In other words, are you obsessed with eating healthy, nutritious and wholesome food?
  • Likewise, do you suffer from Mageirocophobia or the fear of cooking?
  • Have you ever suffered from Arachibutyrophobia? Or to put in simpler terms, have you ever feared peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth?
  • Did you know that Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables and that Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic?
  • Ketchup was used as a medicine in the early nineteenth century.
  • Try swallowing one teaspoon of sugar as it can commonly cure hic-ups.
  • Did you know that the tea bag was created by accident, as they were initially used as samples.
  • The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.
  • Did you know that you consumed one tenth of a calorie every time you licked a stamp?
  • Did you know that pearls melt in vinegar?
  • Did you know that the costliest pizza in the world takes about three days to make and costs over $12,000?
  • Junk food was introduced to the American diet during the early twentieth century (around 1920). However, it was popularized only after the Second World War through television. It was then nutritionists became concerned.
  • Junk food has little nutritional value but is high in fat, salt, sugar and calories or caffeine.
  • The chemicals from junk food trigger the need to want more food. Such an effect can be addictive.
  • A Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) survey found that some baby food is also junk food because it contains certain levels of sugar and saturated fats.
  • Dutch settlers brought doughnuts to New York. The hole in the center was developed because the shape provided easier dunking in coffee or made it easier to fry the donuts more thoroughly.
  • Marmite was first introduced into the UK in 1902.
  • The ancient Greeks also chewed a substance similar to gum that came from the bark of a tree.
  • An effective cure for dandruff is beetroot boiled in water. Try massaging the boiled water on to your scalp each night.
  • Did you know that the cucumber contains 96% water?
  • The most popular carrots used to be purple.
  • Carrots have zero fat content.
  • The lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable in the United States.
  • The word onion emanated from Latin and it means ‘large pearl’.
  • The pumpkin originated in Mexico over nine thousand years ago.
  • Turnips are high in fiber, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.
  • Eating a lot of beetroot or beet juice can turn your urine into a pink or light purple color.
  • A row of corn always has an even number.
  • Did you know that grape growing is the largest food industry in the world?
  • The average person eats over eight pounds of grapes annually.
  • There are over seven thousand different varieties of apples grown throughout the world.
  • A watermelon contains over 92% water by weight.
  • Coconut water can be substituted for blood plasma.
  • Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air.
  • Apples, cherries, pears, and strawberries are members of the rose family.
  • Did you know that when cranberries bounce like a rubber ball when ripe?
  • There are over ten thousand different varieties of tomatoes.
  • A pineapple plant produces just a single pineapple per year.
  • However, if you want to hasten the ripening of a pineapple, you can do so by letting it stand upside down.
  • Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.
  • Did you know that blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and fiber?
  • The largest item found on any menu is the roasted camel. It is usually served at Bedouin weddings. After butchering and cleaning the camel, it is stuffed with an entire lamb, 20 odd chickens, 60 plus eggs, and close to 100 odd gallons of water, in addition to other condiments and ingredients.
  • Drinking fresh milk was literally a luxury until a few centuries ago as it was very difficult to preserve.
  • The tomato is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. It was the first genetically engineered fruit that was sold in the market in the early 1990’s. Subsequently, the FDA has deemed more than 50 other genetically engineered foods as safe.

All this and more amazing facts can be found by regularly visiting this page. Next time you visit your vegetable or super market, make it a point to remember a few of the above facts. Do add your own facts it you have any.

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