Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fun Food Facts!

Did you know....
  • Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
  • The onion is named after a Latin word meaning large pearl
  • Half of the world's population live on a staple diet of rice
  • "Fast Food" Isn't New! The remains of fast-food shops have been found in ancient ruins! Even ancient Greeks enjoyed take-out. The only thing that is new is the mass production, standard menus and recipes of fast-food "chains." Wow!
  • Potato crisps were invented by a North American Indian called George Crum
  • During a lifetime the average person eats about 35 tonnes of food
  • Ice Cream Is Chinese Food! When the famous explorer Marco Polo returned to his homeland of Italy, from China in 1295, he brought back a recipe (among other things). The recipe, was a Chinese recipe for a desert called "Milk Ice." However, Europeans substituted cream for the milk, and voila..."Ice Cream." Ice cream has been a hit ever since!
  • The founder of McDonald's has a Bachelor degree in Hamburgerology
  • In France, people eat approximately 500,000,000 snails per year
  • Carrots Really Can Help You See In The Dark! Vitamin A is known to prevent "night blindness," and carrots are loaded with Vitamin A. So, why not load-up today!
  • The first breakfast cereal ever produced was Shredded Wheat
  • There are about 100,000 bacteria in one litre of drinking water
  • The Word "Salary" Comes From "Salt!" Salt, our oldest preservative, was extremely rare in the past. So rare, in fact, that it was often used as pay. Imagine...earning a couple of tablespoons of salt for a hard-days work. Today, salt is so common that restaurants give it away for free, and packaged food contains so much that it's far too easy to eat too much salt (salt is also known as "sodium").
  • Cream is lighter than milk
  • Sometimes Frozen Fruits And Vegetables are More Nutritious Than Fresh! The longer that fruits or vegetables sit around waiting to be sold or eaten, the more nutrients they lose. But fruits and vegetables grown for freezing are usually frozen right after they're picked. Therefore, they have less time to lose their nutrients.
  • Instant coffee has been in existence since the middle of the eighteenth century
  • The dish chop-suey does not come from China. It was created by Chinese immigrants in California
  • You're More Likely To Be Hungry If You're Cold! Temperature can affect your appetite.
  • Frankfurter sausages were first created in China
  • Within 2 hours of standing in daylight, milk loses between half and two-thirds of its vitamin B content
  • Have A Tomato With Your Burger! When a source of Vitamin C (orange, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, tomato, potato, etc.) is eaten with meat or cooked dry beans, the body makes better use of the iron in the protein food.
  • A portion of the water you drink has already been drunk by someone else, maybe several times over
  • Bakers used to be fined if their loaves were under weight, so they used to add an extra loaf to every dozen, just in case -- hence, the expression "baker's dozen"
  • It Takes 3500 Calories To Make A Pound Of Fat! So, as long as you're active, and burning of calories, calories shouldn't have too much of a chance to turn into fat.
  • Peanuts are used in the manufacture of dynamite
  • It has been traditional to serve fish with a slice of lemon since the Middle Ages, when people believed that the fruit's juice would dissolve any bones accidentally swallowed
  • The Average Person Eats Almost 1500 pounds Of Food A Year! On average, that can be thought of as 150 pounds of meat, 290 pounds of milk and cream, 35 pounds of eggs, 48 pounds of chicken, 68 pounds of bread, 125 pounds of potatoes, and 80 pounds of fruit. That should be enough to fill your stomach.
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