15 Food Facts That Will Make You Look At Food Differently
You thought you knew everything there was to know about your favorite foods, but we’re here to tell you that you didn’t. These facts aren’t super well known, though, so they’re great conversation starters.
They’re also quite easy to remember! So read this article about food and you’ll know how to break the ice at the next party you attend (and you might also get pretty hungry).
Pringles don’t consider themselves a potato chip? WTF?!
Wild Food Facts
This one will boggle your mind: Pringles once went to court to try to prove that they were not a potato chip. In Britain, most foods are exempt from taxes, but potato chips however are not. In an effort to get out of paying extra taxes, Pringles claimed that they were not a potato chip.
They were more of a “savory snack.” They lost because we all know that they are a potato chip! They are the best possible kind of potato chip. You pop, then you can’t stop.
When You Eat Figs
If you like figs, you may not want to read this. I’m warning you. Skip to the next one. Okay, if you are still here, just know that when you eat figs, there is a chance that you are also eating wasps. Yup, that’s right….
If a fig wasp flies into a female fig, they can get stuck inside and it becomes part of the fig and then… well, you know what happens next. You’ll never look at your fig marmalade the same way again.
Diamond Peanut Butter
Did you know that you can turn peanut butter into diamonds? Well, you can’t but scientists can. Trying to mimic conditions deep inside the earth’s mantle, scientist Dan Frost from the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany discovered a way to turn peanut butter and carbon dioxide into diamonds.
It’s sticky and messy, but he did it. Suddenly, that diamond ring you have on became a lot less glamorous. On the other hand, we all better stock up on peanut butter.
Kale And Pizza Hut
Kale is one of the most popular superstars of superfoods. But before kale was KALE, guess what it was used for, and who used it? Pizza Hut was the largest wholesale purchaser of Kale in the ’90s. Pizza Hut.
What were they doing with it? It wasn’t a secret healthy ingredient in the world’s first superfood pizza. Nope. They would use it as a garnish on all their buffet tables.
What Does Chimichanga Mean?
Chimichangas are fantastic in so many ways. They are deep-fried deliciousness from South of the border. Dreamy Mexican crunchiness that makes your taste buds explode. Also, difficult-to-pronounce food. But they are so much more than that! Their name has an interesting meaning.
Do you know what chimichanga means? It literally means “thingamajig” in Spanish. How weird is that!? So when you order a chimichanga, you’re basically saying “give me that whatsamacallit over there please”.
Haribo Green Gummy Bears
Germany-based company Haribo makes, hands-down, some of the absolute most delicious gummy bears in the world. They are little drops of heavenly yumminess and come in a variety of colors and flavors.
However, one small mystery remains. What flavor do you think a Haribo green gummy bear is? Green apple? Lime? Kiwi? Not even! The answer will blow your mind. They are actually strawberry flavored. Why? We have no idea. But it’s fun and unexpected.
Cellulose In Shredded Cheese
Do you love cheese? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? The only thing that we don’t love about cheese is grating it. The solution we usually turn to is good ol’ pre-grated cheese bags.
Well, you better start shredding your own cheese, because many popular brands of shredded cheese contain cellulose, a wood product found in sawdust that keeps the cheese from sticking together. So on the upside, you get to save some time, but on the downside, you’re eating a tree.
Strawberries Are Not Berries
Years ago, a news flash rocked our world: tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. It was hard to recover from. But since then, more and more absurd revelations have come to light and they are just as hard to handle.
For example, did you know that strawberries are not berries, but avocados and watermelon are? It’s sort of a complicated science, but strawberries are actually know as “accessory fruit”. What is happening in this world? I don’t even know what is real anymore.
The Truth About Mountain Dew
Listen closely. There is a way to turn things around and make Mountain Dew sound like it’s actually good for you. Don’t believe me? Hold my beer. Did you know that Mountain Dew is mostly orange juice? Crazy right?
So, does this mean that it is healthy for you? Not exactly (although you could stop right there and just let people think so). Take a look at that 77 grams of carbohydrates if you have any doubts. And the massive amounts of high-fructose corn syrup.
Mangos Can Get Sunburned
Move over, redheads. You are not the only one that should stay out of the sun. There is a sensitive fruit out there that can get too much sun, and it can’t use sunscreen or wear a hat (because, you know, fruit.) It turns out that mangos can get sunburned too.
Every year, farmers lose mangos because they get too much sun. In Australia, one quarter of the crops were lost last year because of a heat wave that occurred.
How The Pound Cake Got Its Name
Have you ever wondered where the name “pound cake” came from? The original Pound Cake recipe was one pound of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. The recipe originated in a time where people could not read, so this simple recipe was easy to remember and pass down.
If we stuck to this recipe, we’d have an extremely large cake that could feed many families. We now use a smaller portion when following the recipe, but the name stuck.
What Are Fritos Made Of?
Time to think for a second. If I asked you to name a famous snack food with only three ingredients, what would you say? I’ll wait. No idea? Well hold on to your hats, because you won’t believe this.
Did you know that Fritos (those crispy, crunchy chips we love so much) have only three ingredients? They are made of corn, corn oil and salt. How is this even possible? This makes me love them even more. So simple, so delicious.
Baby Carrots Aren't Babies At All
Whenever I see baby carrots in the grocery store, I can’t help but wonder. Why are they called that? DO they only grow a little bit before they’re harvested? Are they like little toy-sized vegetables (like toy poodles?).
I hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as a baby carrot. A baby carrot is just a regular carrot that has been shaved down to a smaller size. So, why do they taste so much better than a regular carrot?
Taste The Paprika?
Ah, Cheez-its. Little square bites of heaven that we all suspect have a lot less cheese than the name suggests. In fact, there is a very long list of ingredients (no clean eating here), and most of them are NOT cheese.
But one of those ingredients is surprising. Did you know that there is a secret ingredient in Cheez-Its? Cheez-its contain paprika. I would have never have guessed that. You certainly can’t taste it.
Potatoes Are Mostly Water
Attention all spud lovers, especially the ones who have sworn off these tasty tots because of the carbs! Even though potatoes are so filling, they are actually 80 percent water. For realz, guys. Let that sink in (pun intended).
That should make you feel better next time you indulge in the carb-heavy vegetable. Enjoy your spuds guilt-free! You now have an excuse to double down on those mashed potatoes next time you have the chance. Just tell everyone that you’re hydrating! You’re welcome.