Food – ‘any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, or promote growth’. Well, that doesn’t sound particularly inspiring or fun does it?
Here are a few fun, weird and some rather scary things about food thar you might not know?
- Humans are born craving sugar.
- Coca-Cola was originally green and was invented to cure a hangover.
- Eating bananas can help fight depression.
- Apples float, pears don’t. So if you’re asked to take part in ‘Pear Bobbing’ rather than ‘Apple Bobbing’ you’re likely to drown!
- In the USA, some apples sold in the supermarkets can be over a year old!
- The UK eats more baked beans than the rest of the world combined - now that makes me feel proud!
- One of the most hydrating foods is the cucumber - it's 96% water.
- Ketchup was originally advertised as a medicine and was commonly used to treat diarrhea.
- Unlike their name suggests, peanuts are part of the legume (bean) family. They also start their life by growing underground.
- Popcorn has existed for over 6000 years - who knew!?
- The Japanese prefer squid to pepperoni on their pizzas.
- Celery has negative calories - it takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it, to begin with, and that's why it is renowned as a diet food ;)
- In the Middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.
- It takes, on average, 345 squirts from a cow’s udder to yield one gallon of milk.
- The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a universally recognized phobia - let's hope none of our subscribers suffer from this!
- (Don't try this one at home) Pearls melt in vinegar.
- If you boil beetroot in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.
- The Aztec word for avocado was ahuacatl, which means "testicle tree" - lol!!!
- I'm not sure why you would want to, but you can buy Pizza Hut perfume!
- Studies have shown that eating chocolate can increase your brain capacity.
- Russia didn’t consider beer to be alcohol until 2011 - it was previously considered a soft drink!
- Cranberries bounce when they’re ripe.
- Almonds are a member of the peach family.
- Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning.
- Who knew, but Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved anchovies (including the bones) that have been soaked in vinegar.
- Hippopotamus soup was popular 3000 years ago!
- Bread has become the prime symbol of nourishment and sharing bread is often a symbolic gesture. The word “companion” is derived from Latin com, ‘together,’ and panis, ‘bread.
And just a few pretty nasty facts to leave you with.
- Castoreum, which is used as a vanilla flavouring in sweets, baked goods, etc., is actually a secretion from the anal glands of beavers - eew! We recommend fresh vanilla pods instead.
- Casu Marzu is a cheese found in Sardinia that is purposely infested with maggots.
- One fast food hamburger may contain meat from 100 different cows.
- Food agencies around the world have an ‘acceptable level of insect parts’ per portion of certain foods. For example, it is acceptable to find up to 10 insects, defined as “whole or equivalent whole forms of insects (more than half a head including entire frons)” in a 225g serving of processed raisins!
- The rather elaborate named dish ‘Dragon in the Flame of Desire’ can be simplified down to yak’s penis. The Guolizhuang Restaurant in Beijing’s most (in)famous dish, is simply a yak’s penis roasted and served in elaborate fashion on a large platter.