20 Interesting Food Facts

Everyone loves food and that’s no secret, but I’m sure there are some facts about the foods that you eat that you never knew about.  So here I am to share with you 20 interesting things about food!

1: A 20oz bottle of Coca-Cola has more sugar than a large Cinnabon.  Coke has 65g of sugar.

2: Ginger can help reduce exercise-induced muscle pain by up to 25%

3: Dried fruit has a massive nutrient loss compared to its fresh form.  It loses 30-80% of the natural vitamin and antioxidant contents

4: Strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries are actually not berries at all, but bananas, tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, and avocado are.  They are not considered berries because the way they grow

5: The red food-coloring carmine, used in skittles and other candies, is made from boiled cochineal bugs, a type of beetle.

6: If improperly prepared, fugu, or puffer fish, can kill you since it contains a toxin 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide.

7: Ranch dressing contains titanium dioxide, which is used to make it appear whiter. The same ingredient is used in sunscreen and paint for the same effect.

8: To make jelly beans shiny, shellac is used, which is made from Kerria lacca insect excretions.

9: When taken in large doses, nutmeg works as a hallucinogen.

10: Eating bananas can help fight depression because they have high levels of tryptophan.

11: Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.

12: The twists in pretzels are meant to look like arms crossed in prayer.

13: There’s an enzyme in pineapple called bromelain that helps to break down proteins and can also ruin your tastebuds.

14: Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is made of air.

15: The reason why peppers taste hot is because of a chemical compound called capsaicin, which bonds to your sensory nerves and tricks them into thinking your mouth is actually being burned.

16: One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water.

17: The common bread ingredient L-cysteine is derived from human hair.

18: Microwave popcorn gives off a toxic, lung-damaging gas when cooked.  This chemical is known as diacetyl.

19: Rosemary oils can be used as a natural meat preservative. It works better than chemical additives.

20: Cherries ease inflammation and gout; and they may even help prevent arthritis.


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