25 Uniquely interesting food facts that many people don’t already know

June 16th, 2021

You might think you know everything there is to know about food but there is a good chance these 25 food facts will catch you off guard.

Cheese is the most stolen item on Earth.

4% of the world’s cheese supply is stolen each year. This is presumably done by humans but we won’t rule out anthropomorphized mice as possible culprits.

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German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with Germany.

This style of cake was invented by Sam German, who was either American or British but not German. Too bad his last name wasn’t “delicious.”

The filling in Kit Kat bars is made with crumbs from broken Kit Kat bars.

Inside Kit Kats, are the broken-up crumbs of other Kit Kat bars. This really begs the question of what was the filling in those first Kit Kats.

You will basically never run out of different apple varieties to eat.

There are over 7500 different types of apples. If you ate a new kind every day, it would take you 20 years to eat them all.

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You can make diamonds out of peanut butter.

The high-carbon content of peanut butter means it is possible to produce lab-created diamonds with it. That sure beats some of the other methods currently being used to obtain those shiny little rocks.

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Caesar Salad is not named after Julius Caesar

Everyone assumes that Caesar Salad is named after Julius Caesar. It’s not. It’s named after the guy who first started making it, Caesar Cardini. He made them in his restaurants in California and Mexico in the 1920s.

The name Spam comes from “spice” and “ham”

The name is meant to be similar to “Spiced Ham.” The main ingredient is pork.

Why food tastes differently on airplanes.

Flying at altitudes causes a 30% drop in our sense of taste for sweet and salty foods, which is why food tastes different on airplanes.

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McDonald’s used to fry their fries in beef fat.

Here’s a fact a few vegans will not be pleased with, Mcdonald’s used to fry their fries in beef fat up until 1990.

Coconut water can be used as a blood plasma alternative.

Drinking coconut water is an excellent way to rehydrate after a workout. It can also be used as a blood plasma alternative. It was given intravenously during World War II when the regular saline solution had run out. There are also cases of it being used recently, for instance in the Solomon Islands when a man suffered a stroke and the hospital he was being treated at ran out of IV fluids.

It also tastes good.

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Red wine causes more drowsiness than other alcohols.

Studies have shown that red wine causes more sleepiness than other types of alcohol.

Peaches and Nectarines are the same things aside from their skin.

The difference between peaches and nectarines is only skin deep. Underneath, they are the exact same fruit.

Hawaiian Pizza comes from Canada.

There is pineapple on it, so it’s called a Hawaiian pizza but the recipe comes from Canada, where a restaurant in Ontario first began making them in the 1960s.

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You have to be real patient to grow a pineapple.

Speaking of pineapples, 2-3 years can pass from the time you plant a seed to the time when a pineapple plant will actually produce fruit.

Mountain Dew is basically just orange juice disguised as soda.

Mountain Dew is pretty much just high-fructose corn syrup, carbonated water, and orange juice.

You probably haven’t eaten actual wasabi.

Real wasabi is difficult to find, even in Japan. There’s a good chance the wasabi you’ve eaten with your sushi is just horseradish with green food coloring.

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A potato is 80% water.

Despite being seen as the ultimate carbohydrate, potatoes consist of only 20% solid matter. The rest is water.

Nutmeg can get you high.

Please do not pass this information on to anyone who really should not know it but nutmeg can get you super high. It contains myristicin, which creates a buzz that can take several days to go away.

Ketchup was used as a diarrhea medicine.

If you had diarrhea in the 1800s, it was entirely possible that someone would give you a pill with ketchup in it.

Fortune Cookies are an American thing.

Fortune cookies were started in American Chinese Food restaurants and are not served in China.

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Garlic burns the skin of non-vampires too.

Some of the chemicals in garlic which cause a very pungent odor when cooked, also cause it to be damaging to the skin if applied directly. Diallyl disulfide is garlic’s main chemical agent and it can cause 2nd or 3rd-degree burns.

A single strand of spaghetti is called a spaghetto.

Isn’t that an adorable name for a little single piece of spaghetti?

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McDonald’s sells a lot of hamburgers.

This might not sound like that interesting of a fact. We all know McDonald’s sells lots of hamburgers. They actually average selling 75 burgers PER SECOND, however. 68 million people per day eat at McDonald’s.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor at Frito-Lay

A janitor named Richard Montanez at the Frito-Lay company discovered the recipe for the popular chips in his kitchen after experimenting with some spices. He then pitched it to management. He is now a top executive with Pepsi-Co.

Space-grown food has been eaten by humans.

In 2015, astronauts ate some lettuce that had been grown in space. The lettuce was grown on NASA’s VEGGIE, a vegetable-growing apparatus that can work in space.

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Source: Taste of Home/Insider