What is food, really? Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism’s cells to provide energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.
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1. The oldest evidence for soup is from 6,000 B.C. and calls for hippopotamus and sparrow meat.
2. Pringles once had a lawsuit trying to prove that they weren’t really potato chips.
3. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
4. Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
5. An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
6. Consuming dairy may cause acne.
7. Most wasabi consumed is not real wasabi, but colored horseradish.
8. Central Appalachia’s tooth decay problem is referred to as Mountain Dew mouth, due to the beverage’s popularity in the region.
9. Ortharexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with eating healthy food.
10. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
11. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups.
12. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
13. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognised phobia.
14. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
15. The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.
16. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
17. In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn.
20. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
21. Pearls melt in vinegar.
22. Apples belong to the rose family, as do pears and plums.
23. Oklahoma’s state vegetable is the watermelon.
24. One of the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil is green peas.
25. About 70% of olive oil being sold is not actually pure olive oil.
26. Real aged balsamic vinegar actually costs anywhere from $75 to $400 or more.
27. Store bought 100% “real” orange juice is 100% artificially flavored.
28. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 and takes 72 hours to make.
29. The winner of the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest consumed 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
30. The Dunkin’ Donuts in South Korea offer doughnut flavors such as Kimchi Croquette and Glazed Garlic.
31. Ounce by ounce, Nutritious food costs up to 10 times more than junk food.
32. Chicken contains 266% more fat than it did 40 years ago.
33. There is a food substitute intended to supply all daily nutritional needs, known as “Soylent”.
34. The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.
35. Marmite was first introduced into the UK in 1902.
36. The ancient Greeks chewed a gum-like substance called mastic that came from the bark of a tree.
37. Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
38. The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
39. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
40. If you boil beetroot in water, and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.
41. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
42. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes.
43. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year.
44. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.
45. A cluster of bananas id formerly called a ‘hand’. Along that theme, a single banana is called a ‘finger’.
46. Onion is Latin for ‘large pearl’.
47. Humans are born craving sugar.
48. Radishes are members of the same family as cabbages.
49. The red food-coloring carmine — used in Skittles and other candies — is made from boiled cochineal bugs, a type of beetle.
50. Casu Marzu is a cheese found in Sardinia that is purposely infested with maggots.
51. The softening agent L-cysteine — used in some bread — is made from human hair and duck feathers.
52. The potentially fatal brain mushroom is considered a delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the upper Great Lakes region of North America.
53. Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.
54. Honey is the only food that will never rot, it can last 3000 years.
55. Cheese is the most stolen food in the world.
56. Apples, pears, cherries and strawberries are all members of the rose family.
57. The word vegetable has no scientific definition, so it’s still acceptable to call a tomato a vegetable.
58. In the Philippines, it is considered good luck if a coconut is cleanly split open without jagged edges.
59. When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball.
60. The most amount of grapes eaten in 3 minutes is 133. This record was set in 2001 by Mat Hand, from the UK.
61. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
62. In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.
63. If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end).
64. Carrots have zero fat content.
65. Peanuts can be used to make dynamite.
66. A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.
67. Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic.
68. An average person in the U.S. eats 35 tons of food in a lifetime.
69. A row of corn always has an even number.
70. The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.
71. Square watermelons sell for about $85.
72. Turnips are high in fibre, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.
73. Eating a lot of beetroot turns your pee into a pink colour.
74. Scientists can turn peanut butter into diamonds.
75. Biting a wooden spoon whilst chopping an onion will stop your eyes from watering.
76. Each pineapple plant only produces just one pineapple per year.
77. Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in early 1900 in San Francisco.
78. Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
79. Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and fibre.
80. Pumpkin flowers are edible.
81. Dynamite is made with peanuts.
82. Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.
83. We are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago.
84. If improperly prepared, fugu, or puffer fish, can kill you since it contains a toxin 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide.
85. It is almost impossible to find out what all the ingredients are that Papa John’s uses in its pizzas.
86. Coconut water can be used as blood plasma.
87. Milt, which is a delicacy around the world, is fish sperm.
88. McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
89. There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide.