interesting facts about food

A fantastic list of one hundred random food facts from fruit & veg, to chocolate and candy. If you love your food, you’ll enjoy these facts!



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  • A survey showed 29% of adults say they have been splashed or scalded by hot drinks while dunking biscuits.
  • Ortharexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with eating healthy food.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
  • Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
  • The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognised phobia.
  • The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  • The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.
  • Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  • In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn.
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  • Pearls melt in vinegar.
  • The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.
  • Marmite was first introduced into the UK in 1902.
  • The ancient Greeks chewed a gum-like substance called mastic that came from the bark of a tree.
  • Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  • The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  • If you boil beetroot in water, and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.
  • In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  • Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes.
  • The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year.
  • There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.
  • A cluster of bananas id formerly called a ‘hand’. Along that theme, a single banana is called a ‘finger’.
  • Onion is Latin for ‘large pearl’.

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