Think you know everything about the food you eat? These food facts will make you re-think your ideas and give you a clearer picture of the most generic foods on this planet. Did you know that carrots used to be purple in color before 17th century and avocado, pumpkin, coffee and grapes are the actual berries and not strawberries and blackberries?
Check out more of fun food facts like these and be surprised!
Wake Up Call: A steaming cup of coffee is all we need to wake us up. But did you know that apples, cranberries and grapes have higher amount of antioxidants as compared to coffee and can do the job much more efficiently than the latter? Pity, we don’t consume apples or cranberries more than coffee, at least at the start of the day itself!
Ambrosial Honey: Did you know that honey is the only food that can be stored for 3000 years straight, without ever being rotten? 😮
Fortune Today: Fortune cookies have always been thought as a traditional Chinese custom. If you too thought of the same, you’re in for a surprise, folks. They were invented in San Francisco in the 1900s.
In-flight Food: Ever wondered why we never find the food served in the airplane as delicious as it’s supposed to be? The reason is that in that altitude, our sense of smell and taste decreases from 20 to 50%.
Fit Foodie: Carrots are not only delicious and healthy but they are the only vegetables that contain 0% of fat! Want more reasons to incorporate them in your diet?
Orange: Unlike popular perception, the colour orange has been named after the fruit orange! The word was introduced to English through the Sanskrit word “naranga” which means “orange tree”. The English dropped the “n” and eventually we got the word “orange” and gradually after the 16th century, “orange” was referred to not just the fruit, but also the colour.
Garlic Woes: Garlic is known to possess powerful antibacterial and anti-viral properties, but not everyone realizes that these same qualities can also cause the destruction of human cells. Although perfectly safe if ingested either raw or cooked, the chemicals in garlic can produce severe allergic reactions (contact dermatitis) if applied directly to human skin. If left on the skin long enough, garlic can produce second or even third-degree burns severe enough to require skin grafting!
Spicy Story: India, also known as the “Land of Spices” is aptly named so because it produces 70% of all the world’s spices!
Sugar, Yes Please: Did you know that the crystallization and making of sugar from sugarcane juice began in India?
Pizza Mania: The Margherita pizza is named after Margherita of Savoy, Queen Consort of Italy from 1800-1900, during the reign of her husband King Umberto I.
Go Bananas: A cluster of bananas is formally called a “hand”. Along that theme, a single banana is called a “finger”!
The Cross Affair: Pretzels were invented by an Italian monk who used the treats as a bribe to get kids to memorize scripture. In fact, the criss-crossed bits are supposed to represent the folded arms of pious children in prayer.
Mind boggling, isn’t it?