15 Weird Facts About Food

Food is something that everyone can relate to. There are no shortages of the types of foods available around the world. Here are some of the weirdest facts on the planet.

  1. Many popular fruits like Apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, raspberries, strawberries, and peaches actually all belong to the rose family botanically, officially known as the Rosaceae group.
  2. Chocolate was once used as currency in early 250 AD by the ancient civilizations of Mexico and South America, specifically The Mayans and the Aztecs. They used cocoa beans as a system of money.
  3. McDonald’s sells 75 burgers every second of every day. That’s approximately 6.5 million a day and 2.5 billion every year. That’s a lot of burgers!                                                                                                                                                                               
  4. Shellac is used as an anti-chip manicure but did you know that it is also used to make jelly beans shiny?
  5. During the 1800’s, people thought that tomatoes had healing properties. It was thought that it could cure illnesses like diarrhoea, jaundice and indigestion. They would take tomato pills and ketchup thinking it would cure them but the whole fad died down in 1840 after many tomato pills were found to be fraudulent.
  6. Bananas have a lot of health benefits to them. They are a source of dietary fibre, they fight against type II diabetes, aid with weight loss helps strengthen the nervous system, etc. But what many people don’t know is that bananas contain high levels of tryptophan which gets converted into serotonin- a chemical that is responsible for mood and happiness. So bananas actually help reduce depression.
  7. Chillies and other peppers get their hotness from a chemical compound called capsaicin which tricks the brain into thinking your mouth is on fire.
  8. One of the most hydrating foods in the world is the cucumber which is 96% water. Apart from that, it has calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium, which are minerals that your body loses through sweating.
  9. Did you know that gelatine actually comes from the skin, connective tissue and bones of animals such as cows and pigs?
  10. Did you know that because of density difference lemons will float on water while limes sink, even though lemons are bigger?
  11. Almonds are actually a type of seed and not a nut. They are seeds of a flower that is directly related to families of orchids and roses.
  12. Pearls will melt if dropped in vinegar.
  13. If you are out of dandruff shampoo, you can try boiling some beetroot in water and using that water to wash your hair. The beetroot helps cure dandruff.
  14. A cluster of bananas is called a hand while a singular banana is called a finger.
  15. Egg yolks are one of the only foods that naturally come with Vitamin D.