Fun and weird facts about food you probably didn’t know

Here are some fun and weird food facts you might find interesting.

Dark chocolate

Chocolate was first seen in bar form around 1910. Dark chocolate is made from the roasted beans of the cacao tree and has many health benefits, including lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure, helping to reduce stress and improving vision. A study by Harvard also found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day prevented memory decline. Drink up!

As sweet as nectar

Did you know that the word ‘nectarine’ means sweet like nectar and this is most likely the origin of the name. Studies have suggested that nectarines, like peaches originated in China over 2,000 years ago and were introduced to England in the late 16th or early 17th centuries. 

Nutritionally, nectarines are a high source of Vitamins C and A and are abundant in antioxidants. They aid in weight loss and help regulate blood pressure levels. They also help improve immunity and heart health.

Raspberries are a member of the rose family

As are cherries, apricots, plums, pears, apples, quinces, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries. These types of fruits typically have flowers with five equal petals arranged around a central core. Unlike many other fruits, once picked, unripe raspberries do not ripen. 

Broccoli contains more protein than steak

Former President George W Bush may have once famously proclaimed: “I’m president of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli,” but don’t listen to him! Besides the usual nutrition one gets from eating their greens, broccoli has a great deal of protein. Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than steak. And it doesn’t come with all those saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, so you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. 

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Apples give you more energy than coffee

The coffee snobs may not don’t want to believe it, but it’s true. If you’re ever a little low on energy during the afternoon, then consider munching into an apple instead of buying a cup of coffee. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin and mineral content, eating apples are the perfect (and healthy) option to help you stay energized all day.

The world’s most hated vegetable is one of the best for you

Brussels sprouts may be the most hated vegetable, but it’s among the most nutritious veggies out there. It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals, has virtually no calories, no fat, no cholesterol, and it fills you up!

Pecans are rich with antioxidants

We don’t know anyone who eat pecans on a regular basis, but they are one of the most antioxidant rich nuts out there. Eat up!

Pistachios are actually fruits

Another unbelievable-but-true random fact! They are actually the seeds of a fruit (the outer fruit is removed during processing). Like other ‘nuts’, pistachios are a rich source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, which can help with weight management, protect against diabetes and hypertension and improve digestion. The omega-3 fatty acids present in pistachios can help lower your blood pressure and may also reduce your risk of heart disease.

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Caesar salad originated from a Mexican city

Bet you didn’t know this. We sure didn’t! The Caesar salad started in a Mexican city called Tijuana. Restaurateur Chef Caesar Cardini was hosting a 4th of July celebration. He ran out of food, and simply threw the ingredients he had lying around the kitchen into a unique salad. Obviously, it was a huge success.

Another weird and fun fact we bet you didn’t know, but the Caesar dressing is actually supposed to be a vinaigrette. It is made by combining minced garlic and anchovies into a bowl, which is than mixed with raw egg. Olive oil is progressively added to the mixture and the remaining ingredients (lime juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard) are added in. The resulting hue of the dressing should be yellow, not the fake white version you commonly find in supermarkets.

Avocados are fruit

Avocados are classified as a berry with a large seed. Avocados must be picked when matured in order to ripen, which can take between 1-2 weeks. In Spain and Mexico, avocados are called “alligator pears” due to their shape and bumpy, green skin, while in India and China, they are referred to as “butter pears”.

SPAM

We’re not talking about the unsolicited emails you get, but that mysterious meat in a can. Ever wondered what it means? It’s short for ‘Spiced Ham’

Ice cream

Here are more random facts for you! In 1904, an ice cream vendor ran out of cones at the World's Fair in Missouri. He turned to a waffle vendor nearby and together, they came up with the idea to mould the waffles into cones so he could serve ice cream in it. Customers loved it and the waffle cone was born!

Water

Drinking enough water every day can help you lose weight, helps reduce heart disease and cancer and helps flush toxins out of your body. Keeping your body hydrated can also help reduce cavities and tooth decay. At work, ensure you drink enough water as it will help you stay focused and concentrate on mental tasks.

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Peanut butter is good for you

Studies have shown that eating peanut butter can help lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss and prevent type 2 diabetes. Bet you didn't know this either, but peanut butter glows in the dark after it's exposed to intense light!

Jelly beans

Love jelly beans? Here are some random but fun facts about jelly beans. Did you know it can take 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean? There are approximately 130 calories and about 37 grams of sugar in 35 jelly beans and Very Cherry was the most popular flavour for two decades until 1998, when Buttered Popcorn became the most popular flavour.

The many uses of cucumbers

If your bathroom mirrors fog up all the time after a hot shower, rub a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the mist and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. If you’ve written something in pen and made a mistake, the outside waxy coating of the cucumber can also be used to erase pen writing!

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