We try to be smart about what we consume – most of the time. But with so much processed food in the world, it’s really hard to know exactly what’s going on.
And it turns out A LOT is going on in food factories around the world. And there are even some all-natural foods that have a few secrets up their sleeves that we didn’t know about.
We found 10 of the food facts that surprised us most. Did you know about any of these?
1. Most 100% orange juice isn’t actually 100% natural
The extraction process causes a lot of the natural flavors to be lost. The companies then have to mix artificial flavors in with the juice to compensate. Therefore, even it is 100% juice, it might still be very fake.
2. Diamonds can be made from peanut butter
The high-carbon content of peanut butter makes it a great substance for use in laboratory-created diamonds. A scientist on a German TV station proved that it was possible a few years ago.
3. Eating too much nutmeg can cause you to get high
Don’t try this at home, but in large quantities, nutmeg can give you a buzz that lasts for multiple days. It contains an active compound called myristicin. However, due to its unpleasant side effects, it’s not very popular.
4. Every year, 4% of the world’s cheese is stolen
It’s the most frequently stolen food item in retail stores. Thieves always go for the cheese first. It means that around 1 in every 25 packs of cheese in the grocery aisle goes mysteriously missing.
5. The filling in Kit Kats is made with crumbs from broken Kit Kat bars
The bars that don’t make the cut get crushed up and placed in between the wafers. So in other words, Kit Kats are actually stuffed with more Kit Kats. No wonder they taste so good!
6. There are enough varieties of apples to eat a different one every day for twenty years
There are around 7500 varieties of apples in total. Divide that number by 365 and you get 20.55 years. You can go for two full decades without ever eating the same variety of apple twice.
7. German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany
The name was derived from an American man named Sam German. In 1852, he created a chocolate company, and his dark baking chocolate bar was used in the cake recipe.
8. Potatoes were once used to test Wifi signals on planes
Because of their chemistry and water content, potatoes absorb the signals in much the same way that humans do. Boeing actually placed sacks of potatoes in their plane seats to test out their wireless system. I guess humans have more in common with potatoes than we realized.
9. Mountain Dew is mostly orange juice
It’s supposed to be lemon-lime, or something like that, right? That’s what many people suspect. However, upon closer inspection of the ingredients, you’ll see that the third ingredient listed is concentrated orange juice, right behind high fructose corn syrup, and carbonated water.
10. European chocolate is legally required to taste better
At least, by most people’s standards. European law specifies that all chocolate must have a certain percentage of milk fat that is higher than what is required in the USA. It gives it that rich flavor that we love.
We didn’t know any of these things, and we have to admit we were pretty surprised to find them out.
We should probably know a lot more about what goes into our bodies!
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