51 weird and fun facts about food you didn’t know about

You call yourself a foodie; do you know everything about foods? Well, I am quite sure the answer is NO.

People do not know everything about the delicious stuff they feed on every day. Here is a list of the facts about food that is sure to blow your mind.

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  • Ketchup was once considered to be as medicine and was used to treat nausea and diarrhea in 1830’s.
  • The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 and it takes 72 hours to make.
  • Jalebi, one of the Indian dessert, originated in the Middle East and was called Zabiya (Arabic) or the zalibiya (Persian).
  • Sausages are older than the bible.
  • One fast food hamburger may contain meat from 100 different cows.
  • Bananas are naturally radioactive which contain radioactive isotope that is potassium-40.
  • English muffins aren’t muffins and they weren’t invented in England.
  • In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten in handful like popcorn.
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  • Coconut water can be used as blood plasma.
  • Ripe cranberries bounce like a rubber ball.
  • The most popular chocolate egg worldwide is Cadbury’s crème egg. They first went on sale in 1971.
  • Yogurt was created by accident after farmers were trying to store milk for long periods of time. They found the milk curdled into the form that we now know as yogurt.
  • Consuming dairy may cause acne.
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • There are more than 10,000 varieties of carrots.
  • Pufferfish are also known as fugu, is delicious to eat. But preparing the fish is exceptionally complicated and dangerous. If you consume the wrong part of puffer fish, you will be killed instantly as the fish’s toxin is 1200 times deadlier than cyanide.
  • The tea bag was created by accident, as tea bags were originally sent as samples.
  • Naan is said to have been brought to India by the Mughals and it has Persian roots.
  • Cucumber is one of the most hydrating foods to eat, which is 96% water.
  • October is the national pasta month.
  • Samosa too existed as sambosa in the Middle East much before 13th, 14th century when it came to India.
  • Apples belong to the rose family, as do pears and plums.
  • Honey is also made by bee vomit.
  • Cuban sandwich was not created in Cuba. It was invented in Tampa, Florida.
  • Fruit-flavored snacks are made with the same wax used on cars.
  • There are more than 600 shapes of pasta worldwide.
  • Peanuts aren’t actually a nut, but they are legumes instead.
  • Three plates of food at a Chinese buffet will net you about 3,000 calories.
  • Chocolate was once used as currency. As early as 250 A.D., ancient civilizations of Mexico and South America, specifically The Mayans and the Aztecs, used the cocoa bean as a system of money.
  • Peanut can be used to make dynamite.
  • There is an amusement park in Tokyo that offers Raw Horse Flesh-flavored ice cream.
  • The most expensive fruit in the world is the Japanese Yubari cantaloupe, and two melons once sold at auction for $23,500.
  • Some yogurt contains beef or pork gelatin.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala, that dish that made Indian food famous the world over, was invented in Scotland.
  • Peaches are the third most popular fruit in India.
  • McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day. That’s approximately 6.5 million a day and 2.5 billion a year.
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  • The first soup was made from hippopotamus and dates back to 6000 B.C.
  • German chocolate cake is not german. It is actually American.
  • To make jelly beans shiny, shellac is used, which is made from Kerria lacca insect excretions.
  • Daal Chawal or Daal Bhaat is actually said to have originated in Nepal.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
  • Square watermelons sell for about 85$.
  • The largest item on any menu in the world is the roast camel.
  • Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  • Bourbon biscuit was introduced in 1910 originally under the name Creola.
  • The first food ever to be microwaved was popcorn. The second was an egg which exploded in the face of the experimenter.
  • The average hot dog is consumed in 6 bites.
  • Rajma originally belongs to Mexico and is a staple there.
  • Chocolates can kill dogs as it directly affects the heart and nervous system.
  • There are over 87,000 drink combinations at Starbucks.
  • Wikipedia lists nearly 200 types of Indian desserts.
  • Humans are born craving sugar
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Sandeep Debnath

Written by Sandeep Debnath

The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, question it and turn it inside out. Being a blogger, I started sharing my knowledge and interests here on BlogPoke.