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Prepare to have your mind boggled! We’re peeling back the layers of everyday food items to reveal some truly astonishing facts. From the unexpected origins of common ingredients to bizarre food industry practices, these revelations will forever change how you view your meals. Join us as we uncover 12 interesting facts about the food on your plate – some of which might just blow your taste buds away!
Coffee Beans Aren’t Actually Beans
Surprise! Despite their name, coffee ‘beans’ are not beans at all. They are actually the seeds of the coffee fruit, often referred to as coffee cherries. These seeds undergo a series of processes before becoming the aromatic beans we use for our daily brew.
Honey Never Spoils
Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. Archaeologists have found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible! Its natural composition and low moisture content make it an everlasting sweet treat.
Most Supermarket Wasabi is Actually Horseradish
Real wasabi is challenging to make and expensive. As an alternative, most wasabi for sale is colored horseradish with flavorings.
Ranch Dressing is Dyed
One ingredient in ranch is titanium dioxide, which makes it look whiter. It’s the same ingredient that is used in sunscreen and paint for coloring.
Fruit-Flavored Snacks Shine Because of Car Wax
The same wax that is used on cars, carnauba wax, is the same type of wax that is used to give gummy candy a glossy sheen.
Nutmeg is a Hallucinogen
Ingesting nutmeg in large doses works like a hallucinogen due to a natural compound called myristicin. It has mind-altering effects if taken in large doses.
White Chocolate Isn’t Chocolate
Its name is deceiving because white chocolate doesn’t have any components of regular chocolate. It’s really just a mixture of sugar, milk, vanilla, lecithin, and cocoa butter.
Farmed Salmon is Dyed Pink
Wild salmon is naturally pink because of all the shrimp they eat. Meanwhile, farm-raised salmon have a different diet and end up being white. However, they are fed specific plant pigments to get the same hue as wild salmon.
The Red Food Dye for Skittles is Made from Boiled Beetles
A common red food dye, carminic acid, is made from the crushed bodies of a beetle called the Dactylopius coccus. This acid is used in maraschino cherries, strawberry and raspberry-flavored candy, and lipstick.
Crackers are Worse for Your Teeth Than Sugar
Acid is the biggest cause of tooth decay, not sugar! Crackers tend to stick to your teeth which ends up being a breeding ground for bacteria.
American Cheese is Not American
Processed cheese is considered an American product, but it was invented in Switzerland. It was created by Waltz Gerber and Fritz Stettler in 1911 to lengthen the shelf-life before it was shipped overseas.
Cheese is the Most Stolen Food in the World
In fact, it’s stolen so much it has its own percentage! About 4% of all cheese made around the globe ends up stolen. There’s even a black market for cheese!
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