120 Fascinating Facts About Food

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This include facts about almost all types of food from cereals, legumes,pods, fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers, confectioneries and lots more.

120 Fascinatinf Facts About Food

Food is merely defined as substance we take in for maintaining life and growth. This can be in different forms such as fruits such as banana, pineapple, mango, orange, almond; root and tubers such as beets, potatoes, carrots, yams; cereals such as millet, wheat, rice, barley; beverage such as coffee, tea, cocoa; vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, bitter leaves, broccoli; spices such as spinach, garlic, ginger, onion; oil foods such as groundnut, coconut, melon.
Food perform various functions in the body and few of them include; aiding reproduction, repairing worn-out tissues, developing strong bones and teeth, providing heat, releasing energy, maintaining the body temperature, resisting infections and much more.
Below are amazing facts about some randomly selected foods.

 Apple is made of 25% air
 Almonds are a member of the peach family
 Apples contain cyanides
 Apples, potatoes and onions all taste the same when eating with your nose plugged
 The world’s largest almond factory is home to California
 Avocado has the highest protein and oil content
 Almonds are actually stone fruits

 The leading producers of bananas in the US is Hawaii
 The smaller the berry the sweeter it tastes
 The state that produces the most blue berries in the United States is Maine
 Butter is similar to margarines in terms of calories
 Banana trees are not actually trees but are giant shrubs
 Bread comprises 30% water
 Broccoli is a vegetable with a nervous system it CAN feel pain
 The Himalayan Golgi beery contains more iron than steak
 Smelling bananas (and/ or green apples) can help you lose weight
 Black-eyed beans are actually beans
 Every year, 68 pounds of bread are munched through by each person on average
 Refried beans are only fried once
 Broccoflower is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli

 During the eighteenth century, chocolate was used as a medicine
 Cabbage is has water content of more than 90%
 Cream is lighter than milk
 There are more chickens in the world than there are people
 The first carrots were white, purple and yellow
 Chocolate has antioxidant properties
 The liquid inside coconuts can be used as blood plasma substitutes
 A packet of crisps takes 3 days to digest
 Chili heat is measured in Scoville units
 Cherries are a member of the rose family
 The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poop
 Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them
 Carrots taste sweeter when cooked
 Rubbing cocoa butter on your abdomen during pregnancy will prevent stretch marks
 The average American/ Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year
 White chocolate is not a true chocolate because it contains no chocolate liquor
 A few bit of chocolate can kill a small dog
 300 million pounds of cranberries are produced yearly
 Capsaicin is what makes hot pepper hot to the mouth
 Carrots are 90% water
 The largest food item on a menu is a roast camel
 The number one flavor in the world is chocolate
 In 1853, the potato chip was invented in New York
 Ancient Greeks awarded celery to winners of sports events
 Only some centuries ago, it was believed that chocolate could cure a stomachache
 If a tooth is put into a glass of coke overnight, the sugar that is present in the soft drink will make that tooth dissolve totally
 Instant coffee has been in existence since the middle of the eighteenth century
 Chocolates also possesses anti-inflammatory properties
 Before the seventeenth century, the original color of carrots was purple
 About 50 years ago or more than, cheerios were called cheerioats
 Coffee is the identified smell in the world
 Coca-Cola was originally green
 Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted by the body to vitamin A
 The most popular spice in the world is the black pepper
 Celery requires more calories to eat and digest than it contains
 The state in the US that grows the most cranberries is Wisconsin
 The first breakfast ever cereal produced was Shredded Wheat

 Doughnuts were initially made of raised dough with a nut in the centre
 On average, each of us takes in 290 pounds of diary per annum

 Eggplants are in fact fruits, classified botanically as berries
 White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and earlobes while hens with red feathers and earlobes produce brown eggs
 There is no vitamin C in eggs
 35 pounds of eggs are averagely consumed by a person every year

 Figs provide more fiber than any common fruit or vegetable
 Over 90% of all fish captured are caught in the Northern Hemisphere
 During a lifetime, the average person eats about 35 tons of food
 Fish when ingested protects the eyes from blindness
 French fries were introduced to America by Thomas Jefferson
 On average, every person consumes 80 pounds of fruits annually
 The average person could go without food for a month
 The frankfurter, usually called wiener was first created in China
 It takes 3500 calories to make a pound of fat

 Chewing gum while peeling onions will prevent you from crying

 When one is cold, there is more likelihood to feel hungry because energy is needed to keep warm
 It takes 12 honeybees to produce one tablespoon of honey

 Some ice creams have 75% air

 Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
 Lettuce contains about 97% water
 Lychees trees can live more than 100 years
 The Maine coast supplies 90% of the nation’s lobsters
 Lettuce appears to be the only vegetable, which is not solid frozen, processed or cooked in any other form but fresh

 Margarines differ from butter in that it has less saturated fat compared to butter
 Milk has a main protein called casein
 Margarine was originally called Butterine in England when it was
 Introduced

 Orange does not rhyme with any other word
 Onion was named after a Latin word meaning large pearl

 Peanuts are not tree nuts
 Popcorn has been in existed for over 6000 years
 Some Chinese varieties of peaches are flat like donuts
 Pear is a fruit that ripens from the inside out
 Potatoes are 20% solids
 Pineapple is the international symbol of hospitality
 Pizza toppings of squid are the most variety in Japan
 The potato was the first successful vegetable to be grown in space
 Peach was the first fruit to be eaten on the moon
 Pumpkin is not a vegetable but a fruit
 Potatoes main nutrients are situated just below the skin
 Ball peppers can be green, red, yellow, orange or purple
 Potatoes first appeared in Europe in 1586
 Pizza initiated in Naples region of Italy, around the early 1700s
 Pears also ripen better off the tree

 Raisins are grapes that dry in the sun for up to three weeks
 It takes over 300 gallons of water to grow one pound of rice

 Sandwiches are named after a man called John Montagu who was the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792)
 Scientists found sugar in outer space in 2001
 Over 500 million snails are eaten in France annually
 Soy flour id richer in calcium than wheat
 Sugar has no real nutritional value
 Soup got its origin from either ‘sop’ or ‘sup’, which means the bread slice on which broth was poured

 Ketchup and tomato sauce account for about half of all the tomatoes eaten
 There are no turkeys in Turkey
 Florida is the highest producer of fresh market tomatoes
 Eating tomatoes can lower your risk of cancer
 Tomatoes contains 95% water
 Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A or C
 Only male turkeys gobble
 Tomatoes are regarded as poisonous
 Tomatoes are fruits
 There are thousands of different tomato varieties

 The body comprises 70% water
 There are over 1200 varieties of watermelon
 The average person could go without water for around a week

 Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian

 Yams are not the same with sweet potatoes


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Dec 2012 (#)

Interesting and informative - thanks - siva

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