Saturday, August 18, 2012

100 Random And Interesting Food Facts

Food plays an important role in our daily life. It helps us to live a stable and healthy life. But there an interesting facts in each and every food that we eat. Here we have compiled a list of 100 interesting food facts for you. If you have anymore food facts, then please leave a comment below. Now let's these a look at these facts...

1. The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.

2. French fries came from Belgium, but are most popular in the US.

3. 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. stacked end to end, the jelly beans would circle the globe nearly 3 times!

4. Before 1991 Twix Bars were internationally knows as 'Raider'.

5. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

6. Gorgonzola cheese dates back to the year 879!

7. Before Walkers owned Wotsits, they sold a rival known as Cheetos on the UK market.

8. The Arabs invented caramel.

9. There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide.

10. An average American will eat the equivalent of 28 pigs in their lifetime.

11. If you boil beetroots in water, and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.

12. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.

13. Pringles were first sold in America in 1968 but were not popular until the mid 1970’s.

14. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes.

15. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year.

16. National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day is celebrated on 24th April every year.

17. Baked beans are low in fat and have a lot of fibre and protein.

18. A survey showed 29 per cent of adults say they have been splashed or scalded by hot drinks while dunking biscuits.

19. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.

20. A cluster of bananas id foremly called a 'hand'. Along that theme, a single banana is called a 'finger'.

21. Onion is Latin for 'large pearl'.

22. Apples, pears, cherries and strawberries are all members of the rose family.

23. The first soup was made from hippopotamus and dates back to 6000 B.C.

24. Saddam Hussein liked Bounty Bars!

25. The word vegetable has no scientific definition, so it's still acceptable to call a tomato a vegetable.

26. In the Philippines, it is considered good luck if a coconut is cleanly split open without jagged edges.

27. Frank Mars invented the Snickers chocolate bar. He named it Snickers after his favourite horse.

28. The M's in M & M's stand for 'Mars & Murrie', the co-creators of the candy.

29. Twinkies originally had banana flavoured filling, but switched to vanilla when World War 2 bought the banana trade to a halt.

30. When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball.

31. The most amount of grapes eaten in 3 minutes is 133. This record was set in 2001 by Mat Hand, from the UK.

32. Cadbury's Cream Eggs first went on sale in 1971.

33. Ortharexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with eating healthy food.

34. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

35. Haribo have been and are still mainly created in Germany.

36. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

37. The Kit Kat was originally made by Rowntree Limited, until 1988 when they were bought out by Nestle.

38. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups.

39. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.

40. An average person will consume 12 pubic hairs in their fast food every year!

41. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognised phobia.

42. In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.

43. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.

44. Juicy Fruit and Wrigley's Spearmint gums are more than 100 years old!

45. 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).

46. The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.

47. Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish.

48. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

49. Carrots have zero fat content.

50. Hundreds and Thousands (Sprinkles, Nonpareils, Jimmies) are small round balls of brightly coloured sugar used as decorations on cakes, cookies, trifles and other desserts. Their use dates back at least to the early 19th century.

51. Many mass produced ice creams have seaweed in them.

52. Peanuts can be used for a component to make Dynamite.

53. Pescetarians are basically vegetarians who eat fish.

54. The largest item on any menu in the world is the roast camel.

55. Cheese Products Contain Less than 51% Cheese.

56. Some yogurts contain beef or pork gelatin.

57. Gummy Bears are only 79 millimetres long in length.

58. In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn.

59. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.

60. Pearls melt in vinegar.

61. Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.

62. The '57' on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.

63. Deep fried chocolate bars contain about 850 calories per bar.

64. Geomelophagia is someone who has the urge to eat raw potatoes.

65. A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.

66. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.

67. Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic.

68. A row of corn always has an even number.

69. The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.

70. Marmite was first introduced into the UK in 1902.

71. The world’s oldest chocolates are 106 years old. A tin of chocolates from the coronation of King Edward VII from 1902.

72. The weight of a Babybel is 21 grammes.

73. Square watermelons sell for about $85.

74. The ancient Greeks chewed a gum-like substance called mastic that came from the bark of a tree.

75. The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites.

76. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in 1952.

77. Until well into the sixteenth century, bacon was a Middle English term used to refer to all pork in general.

78. Yorkie Chocolate Bars are not for girls!

79. Turnips are high in fibre, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.

80. Eating a lot of beetroot turns your pee into a pink colour.

81. Biting a wooden spoon whilst chopping an onion will stop your eyes from watering.

82. Each pineapple plant only produces just one pineapple per year.

83. Sugar is the only taste that humans are born craving.

84. Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

85. 9th August is officially National Rice Pudding Day.

86. Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and fibre.

87. The Swiss eat the most chocolate. Then the English.

88. The Bourbon was introduced in 1910 originally under the name Creola.

89. Pumpkin flowers are edible.

90. Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.

91. In America, anchovies always rank last on the list of favourite toppings.

92. We are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago.

93. Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

94. We eat 300 million portions of fish and chips in Britain each year.

95. Rice can be used in beer, dog food, baby food, breakfast cereals, snacks, frozen foods and sauces!

96. In 15th century France, chocolate could only be eaten by members of the royal court.

97. October is National Pasta Month.

98. Chicken McNuggets contain beef additives.

99. The world average of the amount of meat eaten per year is: 173 lbs per person.

100. Canadian neurosurgeon Dr. Wilder Penfield, while operating on epilepsy patients, discovered the 'Toast Centre' of the human brain, which is wholly dedicated to detecting when toast is burning!

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