10 fun facts about food that will blow you away
In my humble (read: strong) opinion, healthy food should be an important part of everyone’s daily routine. But when it comes to chocolate, my strongish opinion wavers. Because of chocolate! So I decided that healthy food only goes so far and that we shouldn’t forget that a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
For now, here are 10 fun facts about food that will blow you away.
- After world war II ended, there was a shortage of cacao. A man named Pietro Ferrero created the paste we now know as Nutella. The first recipe only required a tiny bit of cacao.
- The world record for fastest time to eat a 12-inch pizza is 23.62 seconds. Yes, you read that right. Not even half a minute!
- To make one hamburger, you need 660 gallons of water. That is equivalent to two months of showering.
- There’s an easy way to check if your avocado is perfectly ripe. Simply pull out the stem and check the color. If it’s green, you’re good!
- All the different colored bell peppers actually grow on the same plant. What determines the color of the bell pepper is the degree of ripening. The most ripened bell pepper is the red one!
- Tea bags were invented by accident. A guy named Thomas Sullivan handed out little sample bags of tea leaves to his customers. But instead of emptying the tea in a diffuser, the customers put the bags directly in the teapot.
- The president of Iceland faced backlash on social media when he mentioned that he would like to ban pineapple as a pizza topic. What do you think about this controversial topic?
- When Oreo cookies first came out more than 100 years ago, they sold the cookies by weight. One pound of Oreo cost you 30 cents!
- Foods that mirror certain body parts are thought to be especially beneficial to that certain part. You might know that carrots are healthy for your eyes and walnuts for the brain. But what about celery? The long stalks look just like bones and are a great source of silicon — important to give your bones strength.
- Some plant-based protein is a better source of protein than animal-based protein. Per 100 gram, beef contains 14 grams of protein whereas black beans contain 21 grams of protein.