Incredible Facts About Food

#1 The Oldest Soup In HistoryThe next time you sit down to enjoy a can of Campbell’s Soup, you should think about the first soup ever made. The oldest evidence of soup goes back to 6,000 B.C. The ingredients of the first soup were hippopotamus meat and sparrow meat. It certainly isn’t what you will find in the soup on the supermarket shelves today.

#2 Where Did Pound Cake Get Its Name?Have you ever had a piece of pound cake and wondered why it is called pound cake? Some people believe that it got its name because that is how much it weighs. This is not the case. It got its name from the original recipe. It called for a pound of butter, a pound of eggs, a pound of sugar, and a pound of flour. Since the recipe called for a pound of each ingredient, it was called pound cake.

#3 Strange Corn on the Cob FactMost people don’t sit down to eat corn on the cob and count the number of rows of corn. This fun fact proves that someone actually did with count the rows on more than one ear of corn. On the average ear of corn, there is an even number of rows of corn. In most cases, there are 16 rows.

#4 You Might Not Be Eating WasabiThe next time you go out for a nice sushi dinner and you have wasabi, you should know that it might not actually be wasabi that you are eating. There are many sushi restaurants who use color horseradish green and they serve it to their customers. They do this because it tastes slightly similar and it is less expensive than real wasabi.

#5 Apples Are Actually RosesApples are delicious and they are classified as a fruit, however, they are also a member of the rose family. The same is true with pears and plums. The next time you want to buy a loved one a dozen roses, you can save a lot of money by buying them a dozen apples. Unless they know this fun fact, the gift might not make much sense.

#6 Brazil’s Most Popular Pizza ToppingIn the United States, the most popular pizza toppings are pepperoni, cheese, and sausage. Some people prefer vegetables on their pizza such as onions, green pepper, mushrooms, and black olives. In Brazil, things are much different. In Brazil, the most popular topping on pizza is green peas. This is a topping that you would never see in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.

#7 Real Balsamic Vinegar Is Much More Expensive Than What You Have In Your PantryThe average cost of the balsamic vinegar that you keep in your cupboard is between $3 and $5 per bottle. If you want to buy real aged balsamic vinegar, you better be prepared to pay a lot more. The average cost or real balsamic vinegar is between $75 and $400 per bottle.

#8 The Most Expensive Pizza In the WorldMost families spend between $10 and $12 per pie on pizza night. There are some pizza places who charge more and there are some who charge less. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000. This is more expensive than your used vehicle. If you are going to order this extremely expensive pizza, you better order it early because this pizza takes 72 hours to make. This is a long time to wait for dinner.

#9 Dunkin Donuts In South Korea Is Really WeirdWhen you walk into an American Dunkin Donuts, you can expect to see glazed donuts, chocolate frosted, and Boston cream. If you walk into a Dunkin Donuts in South Korea, you will see donuts that you have never seen before. Also, they don’t sound very appetizing. The most popular types of donuts there are Kimichi Croquette and Glazed Garlic.

#10 Chocolate Was Once More Than Just a Tasty TreatToday, people walk into a store and they buy a chocolate bar and they use money to do so. This wasn’t always the case. In 1400, the Aztecs used the cacao beans, which chocolate are made from as a form of currency. The people who grew the beans were ordered to give them away as tax. It was called a tribute back then. The Spanish conquistadors also used chocolate as currency. You could trade 100 cacao beans in exchange for a canoe filled with fresh water or a turkey hen.

#11 There Are Beetles In Your Skittles!!Skittles uses a red food dye called carmine. It is also used in a variety of other candies to give them their red coloring. What you might not know is that this red dye is made from boiled cochineal bugs, which are a type of beetle. The next time you are thinking about buying a package of Skittles, keep this in mind. You might decide to go with a Twix instead.

#12 Puffer Fish Can Kill YouIf you are planning to order puffer fish the next time you eat out, you should understand that it can kill you. Unless it is prepared properly, it will contain a toxin that is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. Because eating this fish is so dangerous, chefs who prepare puffer fish must study for years and years before they can work in a restaurant that serves the fish.

#13 McDonald’s Is a Busy PlaceOne of the top fast food restaurants in the world is McDonald’s and this is obvious when you know how many burgers they sell. Every second of every day, 75 hamburgers are sold. This doesn’t include other popular menu items such as the Big Mac or Chicken McNuggets.

#14 Ketchup Wasn’t Always For Burgers and DogsToday, people put ketchup on many things such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries. Back in the 1800’s, ketchup was used as more than a condiment. Back then, it was used to treat medical conditions, including diarrhea.

#15 If You Are On a Diet Stay Away From the Chinese BuffetIf you are trying to watch your weight, you should avoid going to the Chinese buffet. Sure the food is delicious, it is cheap, and you can eat all that you want, however, your waistline will pay for it later. If you go to the buffet and you fill your place three times, you will have consumed about 3,000 calories. This is more than the recommended amount of calories that you should consume in one whole day.

#16 Fruit Loops All Taste the SameIf you have ever sat down and eaten a bowl of Fruit Loops, you know that they are delicious. Since you don’t eat cereal piece by piece, you probably don’t know this fun fact. No matter what color Fruit Loop you are eating, they all taste the same. The only difference between each Fruit Loop is the food coloring that is used.

#17 Honey is DisgustingThis is one of the most disgusting and incredible facts about food. Honey is a sweet food that comes from bees. Most people think that it is made from nectar. While this is true, it is made from something else. There is also bee vomit in honey. The next time you decide to put some honey on your toast, you might want to think twice.

#18 Chuck E. Cheese Was Created By a Computer NerdChuck E. Cheese is one of the most popular restaurants for kids in the United States. They have rides, games, pizza, and a friendly mouse walking around named Chuck E. Cheese. What you might not know is that this restaurant was created by a computer nerd. Nolan Bushnell, the man who invented the Atari video game system is also the person who created the Chuck E. Cheese franchise.

#19 Where Did Spam Get Its Name?Spam is an acquired taste. Some people love it, some people despise it. It is ham in a can. If you ever wondered where they came up with the name, Spam, it is simple. It stands for spiced ham.

#20 The Inventor of the PopsiclePopsicles are a delicious summer treat. They come in a variety of colors and flavors and both children and adults love them. Have you ever wondered who invented the Popsicle? Most people think that it was a chef or someone who worked for a major food manufacturer. The truth is that the Popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old child back in 1905.

#21 Why Are There Holes In Crackers?Have you ever eaten a cracker and seen the tiny little holes in the cracker? They are actually there for a reason. The small holes are put in the crackers before they are baked so that air bubbles won’t ruin the cracker during the baking process.

#22 So Many ApplesThere are over 7,500 varieties of apples grown all over the world. If you wanted to try a new type of apple each day, it would take your 20 years to try all of them. This is a long time and it is a lot of apples.

#23 Pineapples Can Destroy Your Taste BudsThe next time you decide to have a few pieces of pineapple, you might want to think twice. There is an enzyme in pineapples called bromelain. This enzyme helps to break down proteins. Unfortunately, it can also destroy your taste buds. If you eat pineapple on a daily basis, in a few years you could lose your ability to taste.

#24 The Most Expensive Fruit in the WorldMost people don’t expect to spend more than $5 on fruit when they go to the supermarket. The most expensive fruit in the world is the Japanese Yubari cantaloupe. Two of these melons were sold at auction for $23,500. A typical cantaloupe in the supermarket will run you about $5. It makes you wonder who would be crazy enough to spend $23,500 on two pieces of fruit.

#25 Chicken Years Ago Didn’t Contain as Much MeatOver the years, chickens have been getting larger thanks to the hormones given to them by farmers. The larger the chicken, the more money it will cost. In 1957, chickens were relatively scrawny. By 1978, they had doubled in size. Today, chickens look like monsters compared to what they once were. Many chicken manufacturers say that they are no longer using growth hormones in their chickens, but judging by the size, they might not be completely honest.

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