100 Interesting Facts About Food

If you want to read interesting factoids about different types of food then this list was made exactly for you.

And… It gets better:

Every item on the list was made so you will learn something new (FAST) by trying to use as little words as possible and giving you pure information about the food we eat.

So, what are we waiting for?

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* This post has been contributed by Frudeco

Pizza

Pizza
  • 94% of the Americans eat pizza at least once a month.
  • There are more than 3 million pizzas sold every year in the U.S alone.
  • In 2007 Philip Workman was about to be executed for murder, his last meal request was that the prison will donate a vegetarian pizza to a homeless from Nashville, Tennessee. However they refused and so many people that day donated pizzas to homeless shelters in the area to honor his last wish. more than 150 pizzas were donated that day in the sum of about 1,200$.
  • October is the national pizza month at the U.S.

Bananas

Bananas
  • The translation of the seintific name for banana is "Fruit of the wise men", which in latin is musa sapientum.
  • Bananas might not be as water dense as watermelons, but however they may feel firm, they're 75% water.
  • The country that grows the most bananas in the world is India.
  • Banana is great for you! it contains Vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, fiber and it has been proven to lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Soy

Soy
  • Soy can help women in the midlife with hot flashes and night sweats as well as the lowering of certain cancers, such as cervical or breast.
  • There is some evidence that there is a positive effect on thinking processes up until around the age of 65 with soy ingestion.
  • There is plant protein within soy beans that rival eggs and cow's milk.
  • Soy beans are a wonderful anti-oxidant rich vegetable which in its natural form has many health benefits versus the processed way that it is often used.

Apples

Apples
  • An apple a day --- there are anti-cancer causing effects with the consumption of apples if eaten daily.
  • Apples can help balance out blood sugar which aid in the digestive process by the absorption of certain chemical compounds.
  • Apples are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber.
  • Apples are part of the Rose family along with other fruits and nuts.

Twinkies

Twinkies
  • Twinkies filling was originally in banana flavor but they changed it to vanilla while in World War 2 when there was a ban on banana trade.
  • They are Hostess' best-selling cake selling up to a half billion a year.
  • Twinkies were very cheap, they used to be sold for a nickel or two when they were first introduced on the market.
  • This fun pastry was created in 1933 akin to the Wonder Bread Bakery and Hostess. It was originally supposed to be a take-off for strawberry shortcake.

Broccoli

Broccoli
  • We consume at 2014 - 900% more broccoli than we did at 1994 (20 years ago).
  • Broccoli is categorized as a flower, not a vegetable.
  • This is an incredibly healthy vegetable choice which lowers cholesterol and detoxifies the body.
  • Broccoli can assist in adding Vitamins A, D and K to the diet which are at times deficient due to our lack of sun light and other vitamin rich food.

Grapes

Grapes
  • There is a world record for eating as much grapes as you can in 3 minutes, the record was set at 2001 by May Hand from the UK, he ate 133 grapes in 3 minutes.
  • The cultivation of grapes starts over 8,000 years ago in the Middle East for many purposes including wine which is produced worldwide now at an amount of over 7 TRILLION gallons.
  • Not just banans - Potassium is also found in grapes which is a great way to fight heart disease.
  • The grape is amazing and holds numerous health benefits including fighting cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and constipation.

Peanuts

Peanuts
  • There is such thing: fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth, it’s called Arachibutyrophobia.
  • Peanuts are actually in the legume family and are grown in the dirt underground to one foot above.
  • Peanuts crops are the prime commercial crop for the United States, China, India and parts of Africa.
  • There is an anti-oxidant found in peanuts that assist in the production of stomach cancer.
  • Peanuts can also lower the risk of stroke through the production of nitric-oxide.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes are what is called a SUPERFOOD. They are incredibly rich in vitamins and nutrients that fight many chronic diseases and health concerns.
  • Your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease lowers when you add tomatoes into your diet. They combat what is known as free radicals which can be cancer producing.
  • Tomatoes are actually a fruit although have been used and eaten as a vegetable for centuries.
  • Tomatoes reduce the buildup of certain chemicals in the body which can inhibit the feel good chemicals from reaching the brain. This will help with neurotransmitters' development and mood stabilization.

Ketchup

Ketchup
  • In the past ketchup was sold as a medicine, this was at 1830.
  • Early versions of ketchup were not based on tomatoes, they were made of shallots, oysters, lemons, walnuts and anchovies.
  • Heinz buys more than 2 million tonnes of tomatoes each year to produce ketchup.
  • More than 25% of today's ketchup is made from sugar (well, in most companies).

Cucumbers

Cucumbers
  • Cucumbers are in the squash family and are made of 95% water and with eating these vegetables it may be beneficial in staying hydrated in hot weather.
  • They fight against chemicals in the brain that can actually lead to the development of Alzheimer's.
  • They have anti-oxidants and help in the reduction of cancer, blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Cucumbers contain several B vitamins which are a vitamin that assists in stress reduction.

Hamburgers

Hamburgers
  • The history of the idea of hamburger meat goes back to the 1200s with Genghis Khan.
  • Hamburgers are an American invention and have been popular since the 1800s appearing on menus and at county fairs across the country.
  • In 1940 the first rendition of our well-loved McDonald's was opened as a BBQ spot, later redesigned to magnify the popularity of the burger. The Big Mac first appeared on the menu in 1968.
  • 71% of all beef served in American restaurants is Hamburger.
  • There is even some evidence that the Egyptians ground meat and rolled them into patties.

Coconuts

Coconuts
  • Coconut can be made into water, milk, oil and flour, just awesome!
  • It is also considered a super food with many anti-oxidants that fight against chemical productions of cancer causing issues in the body.
  • Coconuts are able to fight obesity by speeding up the metabolism.
  • You just can't say enough about the health benefits of coconuts. They are immune system boosters and can even cut down on your cravings for sweets.

Carrots

Carrots
  • Carrots are another amazing food with many health benefits that help prevent cancer, infection, heart disease and stroke.
  • Carrots can improve night vision, really! --- it isn't just a myth. There is a chemical contained in carrots called beta-carotene which turns into Vitamin A through the liver and fights against macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • The carrot also stimulates hair and skin growth and acts a natural detoxification cleanser.
  • They are great for your teeth and gums as well for they balance the acids in your mouth.

Honey

Honey
  • Honey contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that have been popular for thousands of years including great empires such as the Egyptians.
  • There are also anti-inflammatory benefits that reduce ailments such as sore throats due to allergies or the common cold.
  • It can boost your energy and memory capabilities as well as help your workouts if taken on an empty stomach.
  • It also can rise the insulin in the body which releases serotonin allowing sleep to occur.

Cheese

Cheese
  • There are hundreds of varieties of cheese and they are able to be kept for months at a time.
  • It is a combination of fermentation by microorganisms that can be derived from milk.
  • There are no differences in vitamins, minerals or proteins with the color of it being white or yellow and is really just for visuals and not for taste.
  • There are actually bleaching agents used in cheese from cow's milk to make it white. Goat and buffalo cheese is naturally white.

Chocolate

Chocolate
  • Chocolate is an ancient food made of cacao tree seeds and has been around since the Olmec civilization.
  • There are many anti-oxidants that are contained in chocolate that can be beneficial and actually lower cholesterol levels, boost cognitive functioning and reduce heart disease.
  • Chocolate may actually be saving your life as it has been shown to reduce deaths connected to stroke.
  • There are some studies that show it can lower risks of obesity and diabetes.
  • Ruth Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie which Tollhouse marketed and still has her recipe on the bag of chips.

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans
  • Jelly beans are a mixture of two candies: Turkish Delights and Jordan Almonds. They have been around for centuries. There is a reference to jelly beans back to the 1800s to send them to the soldiers during the war.
  • Jelly beans are comprised mostly of sugar, corn syrup and starch and can absorb any flavoring possibly imagined.
  • During the 1930's jelly beans became popular with the combination of Easter, most likely because of the egg shape.
  • Ronald Reagan would snack on jelly beans to stop smoking his pipe.

Sugar

Sugar
  • Sugar has a middle of the road glycemic index versus the myth that it is something that should be avoided by diabetics.
  • Sugar is used in the production of many popular foods such as jams and jellies assisting in the gelling, preserving and coloring processes.
  • The refining of sugar has been misidentified as an over-processing of it, when in actuality it is a purifying process.
  • Contrary to many reports and assumptions, sugar only has 15 calories per teaspoon.

Bread

Bread
  • There is evidence to show that prehistoric man first made gruel out of grain and water to then cook on hot stones.
  • Leavening is added to bread to make the substance puffy. Many cultures still use the flat bread forms such as pita, tortillas and naan.
  • In 1917 the first machine to slice bread was introduced into the culture. This increased bread production and recipes to decrease costs during the Depression.
  • There are literally just as many types of bread as there are cultures. Many breads change from region to region depending on the local plants.

Bell Pepper

Bell Pepper
  • Bell pepper is an excellent source of Vitamin A, B6, E and C and is also low in calories so is a great healthy snack option.
  • Beta-carotene is another chemical found in the bell pepper that is great for warding off macular degeneration, similar to the carrot.
  • It is a great anti-oxidant and has properties that add to the health of skin and hair.
  • Bell peppers are a member of the nightshade family and a cousin of the potato, eggplant and tomato.

Garlic

Garlic
  • In ancient Greece it was a custom to walk down the aisle with a bouquet of garlic and herbs instead of flowers.
  • Around 65% of the garlic eaten around the world is from China.
  • In the middle ages people thought garlic might be the cure to the black death spreading around Europe so they ate garlic every day in the hopes it will cure them.
  • April 19th is the national Garlic day.

Ice Cream

Ice Cream
  • The history of ice cream goes all the way back to 54 A.D. There is a cute story that states that ice cream was really started from snow from the mountains.
  • In 1843 the first ice cream makers were designed and created amazing results. There was a huge explosion with this invention.
  • In 1851 the first Ice Cream Factory was opened by Jacob Fussell.
  • Although ice cream is not a health food, there are some wonderful health benefits in the calcium from the cream as well as stress-relieving chemicals found in the B vitamins in ice cream.
  • There are studies that women who eat one scoop of full fat ice cream a day actually lose weight!

Spaghetti

Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti is said to have been brought to Europe via Marco Polo, but there is evidence that the idea of noodles occurred around the world at the same time.
  • Most American eat upwards of nearly 20 pounds of pasta every year!
  • Pasta is one of the food staples in the United States and is a leading carbohydrate in the dietary fiber.
  • Athletes eat spaghetti for the amazing ability to pack a punch of short and long term energy.

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