Food is the fuel to human existence. We eat it every day, but how much do we really know about it? Here are some fascinating food facts that will blow your mind! Some of them are interesting, some weird and some almost seem too crazy to be true!
Here are 8 facts about food that you may find hard to swallow:
- Tea Bags – Ever wondered how the tea bag was invented? It was by accident that the tea bag was born! Tea leaves were sent as samples in small silken bags, and once a sample was mistakenly dropped into hot water… and the rest is history!
- Peanut Butter – Scientists at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany have discovered that since peanut butter is so rich in carbon, it’s possible to turn simple Skippy into diamonds. All we need to do is to extract the oxygen from the carbon dioxide found in the peanut spread, and then put immense pressure on the carbon left behind. Sounds simple right? (Just kidding!)
- Ketchup – In the early 1800s, ketchup was believed to have medicinal qualities and that could cure, among other ailments, diarrhea!
- Black Pepper – Pepper is literally everywhere now but that hasn’t always been the case. In the Middle Ages Black Pepper was a luxury and was so expensive that sometimes it was used to pay rent and taxes.
- Chocolates – Can you imagine eating a currency! Chocolate was used as currency centuries ago. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of money.
- Pistachios – Large groups of pistachios can spontaneously combust! The oily fibrous materials used to transport pistachio nuts can cause them to break out in flames due to the friction and high fat content of the pistachios. Exercise caution whenever you pass a big mound of pistachio nuts!
- Sugar – Sugar is the only taste that humans are born craving! Scientific evidence shows that children not only have a stronger preference for sugar than adults – but that this sweet-tooth is hardwired in us. This is due to evolutionary instincts, when sugar gave ancient humans more calories, energy and thus, chances for survival.
- Chips – Did you know that the sound of crunching adds to the pleasure of eating chips? Snackers who ate chips with headphones on reported becoming bored with chips more quickly. So enjoy the crunch of chips headphone free!
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