55 Fun Facts about Food

You may not really think about food facts when eating your favorite dish, but we do!

Whether they’re healthy or not, some of those foods hold interesting facts about them you wouldn’t have expected or thought about.

Here are the reasons why crackers have holes in them, as well as the origin of American cheese – it’s not from the US.

The top 100 random facts about food will enlighten and amaze you, regardless of your taste. So without further ado, here are the top 100 random facts about food!

1. Most supermarket wasabi is really horseradish

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It is difficult to make real wasabi and it is expensive.

Most of the wasabi available for sale is colored horseradish with flavorings.

2. One Burger from fast-food restaurants may contain meat from more than 100 different cows

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Ground beef used for burgers, both in fast food establishments and grocery stores, is composed of muscle tissues.

3. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 dollars

It is called the ‘Louis XIII’.

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Pizza cooking 72 hours. You can pick three types of caviar such as Oscietra Royal Prestige, Kaspia Oscietra Royal Classic from the Iranian coast, and Kaspia Beluga as the topping. Pizza comes with the finest lobster from Norway and seven types of cheese.

4. Fruit-flavored snacks shine thanks to car wax

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Yes, carnauba wax, the same wax used on cars, is also used to make gummy candy shiny.

5. Pound cake got its name from its recipe

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The first recipe of pound cake called for one pound of butter, one pound of eggs, and one pound of sugar.

That’s a huge cake!

6. It’s for a reason that crackers have holes in them

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Those docking holes allow steam to escape during the cooking process, preventing air bubbles from forming and ruining the whole cracker.

7. Nutmeg is a hallucinogen

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Nutmeg contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses.

8. Salmon raised in farms is dyed pink

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Wild salmon are pink (or pinkish-orange, depending on geography) for the same reason flamingos are pink: their diets, which are heavy in krill and shrimp. But farm-raised salmon are fed a diet that renders them gray.

Salmon farmers must add enough carotenoids to their diets; often by way of very natural ingredients such as ground crustaceans and there are also carotenoid additives that are derived from algae.

Without the added carotenoids in their food, the farmed fish would be white and we would not want to buy them, as that’s not the color we expect salmon to be.

9. White chocolate isn’t chocolate

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Actually, it isn’t even chocolate because it does not contain cocoa particles. It is just cocoa butter mixed with sugar, often with a little vanilla added for flavoring.

10. Ketchup used to be used as a medicine

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In the 1830s, tomato ketchup was sold as a medicine, claiming to cure ailments like diarrhea, indigestion, and jaundice. The idea was proposed by Dr. John Cook Bennett, who later sold the recipe in form of ‘tomato pills’

11. Some shredded cheeses and cereals contain cellulose (wood pulp)

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It’s a derivative of wood pulp or plant fibers used to stop clumping and help cheese fall freely through the lid’s holes.

12. Green, yellow, and red bell peppers are not actually the same vegetable

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 Not all of these vegetables come from the same plant. Red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, and green peppers are all unique plants with their own seeds, even though some green peppers are unripe red peppers.

13. The red food dye for Skittles is made from boiled beetles

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A common red dye for food is carminic acid, which is made from crushed bodies of a beetle called Dactylopius coccus.

You can find this acid in maraschino cherries, strawberry and raspberry flavored candy, and lipstick.

14. Crackers are worse than sugar for your teeth

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It’s acid, not sugar, that causes tooth decay!

When crackers stick to your teeth, they become breeding grounds for bacteria.

15. Peppers don’t really burn your mouth

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 In fact, when you eat spicy food, you’re not burning your tongue at all—you’re a victim of a neurological response. That mouth-on fire effect is caused by capsaicin: a colorless, odorless substance that is concentrated in the tissue of chili pepper.

16. American cheese is not American

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In fact, processed cheese was invented in Switzerland, not an American country.

It was created by Waltz Gerber and Fritz Stettler in 1911 to prolong the shelf-life before it was shipped overseas.

17. Smuggled into space was a corned beef sandwich

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On a six-hour mission, an astronaut snuck a sandwich onto his spacecraft.

After he took the sandwich out in zero-gravity, it started breaking apart and he had to put it back before crumbs compromised the spaceship.

18. Some music can make you drink faster

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It’s probably no secret to bar owners, but a French study shows that turning up the volume on the music can speed up the drinking at the bar.

Loud music can make you drink more, in less time, in a bar.

19. In ancient civilizations of Mexico and South America, chocolate was used as a currency

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When the Aztecs started dominating Mesoamerica, they also ate cocoa beans, which they couldn’t grow.

To exchange money, they had to rely on the Mayans and trade cocoa beans with them as a system of money.

20. McDonald’s sells 2.5 billion hamburgers every year

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That means that roughly 1 out of every 3 people on Earth will eat a McDonald’s hamburger in a calendar year, although there are also many people out there who do more than their fair part in making that number a reality.

This burger data roughly breaks down as 4,500 burgers every minute, 270,000 every hour, 6.48 million every day.

21. Peanuts can be found in dynamite

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Peanut oil is used to make nitroglycerin, which is a main component of nitroglycerin.

22. Hot chocolate is older than you think

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The Mayan and Aztec cultures were the first to make “hot chocolate.” This precursor to hot chocolate was used for religious ceremonies, including coming-of-age celebrations and weddings.

23. Carrots Are Different Colors

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Carrots can be white, yellow, red, magenta, and purple.

Although most carrots are orange, it turns out that it wasn’t always that way. The original carrots were purple and yellow.

24. Gelatin isn’t vegetarian

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Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs.

25. There’s a reason lemons float

 They float because they have a similar density to water!

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26. Cranberries will bounce if they’re fresh

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The most interesting property of cranberries is their ability to bounce. If you drop a fresh, ripe whole cranberry it will bounce. Old or damaged berries won’t bounce.

27. Tea bags were invented by accident

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Thomas Sullivan would send samples of the product in silk bags and people started to throw them into the teapot. And, that’s how tea bags came to be. The rest is history.

28. Vanilla flavoring has some scary ingredients

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Artificial vanilla contains castoreum, which is a product that comes from a gland in a beaver’s butt

29. Potatoes are 80% water

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Potato is a versatile, carbohydrate-rich food highly popular worldwide and prepared and served in a variety of ways. Freshly harvested, it contains about 80 percent water and 20 percent dry matter. About 60 to 80 percent of the dry matter is starch.

30. Figs can there are dead wasps in figs

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Figs are actually inverted flowers with a unique pollination process requiring wasps instead of bees.

Female wasps lay their eggs in male figs that we don’t eat, but sometimes the wasp will accidentally enter a female fig, which is a deadly mistake.

The wasp dies inside and ends up decomposing inside the fig.

31. Food tastes different on planes

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As it turns out, you don’t taste food in the air the same way you do on the ground. Several factors on the plane — including the background noise, pressurized cabin, and dry air — all suppress your ability to taste sweet and salty food by at least 30%.

32. Mountain Dew has orange juice

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Throughout the years, Mountain Dew has altered its formula multiple times. The exact formula is a trade secret. OWP is what is used. (an orange juice product) OWP is used on juice beverages like “sunny delight” OWP can be declared as orange juice because basically, it is.

Part of what gives Mountain Dew its tangy flavor is the addition of concentrated orange juice.

33. Coffee beans are a natural mouth freshener

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Coffee bean extracts can help prevent the build-up of bacteria, according to a study by researchers from the Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Until now, it was a known fact that coffee when mixed with milk does cause bad breath as it begins to ferment smelly substances in the mouth. Therefore the answer lies not in coffee but in the way you drink it. Research is in the works about which part of the coffee bean could be used as an ingredient in mouth fresheners.

34. Popsicles were invented by accident

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Back in 1905, a San Francisco Bay Area kid by the name of Frank Epperson accidentally invented the summertime treat. He had mixed some sugary soda powder with water and left it out overnight. It was a cold night, and the mixture froze.

35. Coffee is the world’s biggest source of antioxidants

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In Norwegian and Finnish studies, coffee was shown to be the single biggest antioxidant source, providing about 64 percent of the total antioxidant intake. But medical practitioners warn that coffee should not be considered a substitute for obtaining free-radical fighting antioxidants from fruits, vegetables, or other superfoods.

Although many may consider coffee a vice, the dark beverage has been linked to improved brain function, heart health, increased metabolism, and longevity when consumed in moderation. Health experts and researchers agree that coffee drinkers can maximize the benefits of coffee by drinking between three to five cups a day.
Coffee can have a positive effect on athletic performance.

36. Bad eggs will float

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Simply fill a bowl with cold tap water and place your eggs in it. If they sink to the bottom and lay flat on one side, they are fresh and good to eat. A bad egg will float because of the large air cell that forms at its base. Any floating eggs should be thrown out.

37. Not all wine is vegan

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The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. … Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein).

38. Lima beans are deadly

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Why Is It Dangerous to Eat Raw Lima Beans? Raw lima beans contain a compound called linamarin, which turns into cyanide when consumed. Though you’re likely not sitting around eating raw lima beans, it’s important to keep them away from children and to make sure that, when you are cooking them, you’re doing it properly.

39. Cauliflower comes in multiple colors

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Colored Cauliflower is available in green (also known as Broccoflower), purple and orange varieties. Although it may look different than the popular white cauliflower, the taste is just the same: mild, sweet, and nutty. The orange and purple cauliflower are higher in antioxidants than regular white cauliflower.

40. Margherita pizza was named after Queen

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A widespread belief attributes the name of the pizza to the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Legend has it that the queen grew tired of the gourmet French food that was being served on her trip to Naples, with her husband King Umberto I, in 1889.

Queen Margherita commissioned Esposito to make three different pizzas for her. One of the three pizzas—inspired by the colors of the Italian flag—the Queen approved. Pizza-maker Esposito immediately named the pizza after Queen Margherita and asked her for a Royal Seal.

41. Strawberries are not berries

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The discrepancy in berry nomenclature arose because people called certain fruits “berries” thousands of years before scientists came up with a precise definition for the word, said Judy Jernstedt, a professor of plant sciences at the University of California, Davis. Usually, people think of berries as small, squishy fruit that can be picked off plants, but the scientific classification is far more complex, Jernstedt said. 

42. Potatoes absorb Wi-fi signals

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Because of their water content and chemistry, potatoes absorb and reflect radio wave signals the same way humans do, the AP reports.

43. Every banana you eat is a clone

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Despite their smooth texture, bananas actually do have small seeds inside, but they are commercially propagated through cuttings which means that all bananas are actually clones of each other. This leads to the propagation of banana plants using plant material from rhizome (a specialized type of root) tissue.

44. Grapes will explode in microwave

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Both grape halves happen to focus the energy to the same tiny point. That intense energy jostles the atoms and molecules at that spot, heating them up so much that they can no longer hold onto their electrons, which turns them into a plasma – and boom, fireball.

45. Chili pepper tricks your mouth

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Hot peppers contain an alkaline, oil-based molecule called capsaicin, which sneakily triggers the temperature-sensitive pain receptors in your mouth even though the molecule itself doesn’t produce heat or cause any real damage (unless you really overdo it).

46. The average jar of peanut butter may contain 4 or more rodent hairs

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The FDA confirmed it: a typical jar of peanut butter is allowed to contain one or more rodent hairs and an average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams before it is considered to be unsanitary enough to pose a health hazard.

47. Red food dye is often made out of crushed beetles

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This is because one of the most widely used red food colorings – carmine – is made from crushed-up bugs. The insects used to make carmine are called cochineal, and are native to Latin America where they live on cacti.

48. Turkey Ranks Top for Tea Drinking Countries

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Turkey was ranked first with an annual tea consumption of just under seven pounds on average per person (3.16 kg or 6.96 lb).

49. Coffee is america’s favorite drink

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In the survey, coffee was named by more U.S. adults as a regularly consumed beverage than bottled water. 59 percent of respondents said they regularly drank coffee, followed by 58 percent who consumed bottled water.

50. Popcorn at the movies is not universal

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Popcorn is the go-to movie snack for Americans, and it’s easy to assume everyone else does this too.

However, in Colombia, dried ants are the popular option.

Meanwhile in Korea, the snack of choice is dried cuttlefish, and in China, they eat dried salted plums.

51. India has the lowest meat consumption in the world

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India is the second-fastest-growing processed meat and poultry market in the world. Even though two-thirds of Indians consume meat, consumption remained less than 4 kg per person, and it is the lowest in the world.

52. Coconut water as blood plasma alternative?

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Coconut water is “identical to human blood plasma,” says YoungCoconuts.com, and “can be safely injected directly into the bloodstream,” according to BodyEcology. “It’s not an optimal IV solution for rehydration because it doesn’t have enough sodium content to stay in the bloodstream,” says Graber, professor of clinical emergency medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

53. Eskimos use refrigerators to prevent food from freezing

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In order to prevent food from freezing, Eskimos need refrigerators to keep it from getting too cold.

54. London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi

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Indian food is huge in the UK, with around 15,000 Indian restaurants that provide employment. That’s more than Indian cities Mumbai or Delhi.

However, most Indian restaurants in the UK aren’t Indian at all: the majority of the owners (especially in London and its surroundings) are of Bangladeshi descent.

55. Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup

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A study finds that the color of the vending cup used to serve hot chocolate can alter its taste and smell, with orange or cream-colored cups enhancing flavor and aroma more than white or red ones.