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Five Fantastically Weird Food Facts

by Alex Simpson
by Alex Simpson

A life without food is not worth living. In fact, a life without food would probably result in you not living fairly-quickly. We get our energy from food, we get our nourishment from food, and of course, we get pleasure from food. We know that junk food is bad for us, but we also know that it tastes amazing. Plus, you know, a little of what you love will do you a world of good. So, if food is life, how much do we really know about life? We’ve already looked at facts about chillies but what about other foods? For example, did you know that the average person will consume 35,000 cookies in their lifetime? You can quadruple that number if you’re talking about a stoner with the munchies (not literally), but you get the idea. Didn’t know that? How about the fact that allegedly, the very first meat-based soup ever created was made from Hippo meat? Ready for more mind-blowing food facts? If so, grab a seat and let’s carry on.

Honey Will Not Turn Bad

When you purchase honey from the grocery store, you may have noticed that it has a use-by date. We’re not quite sure why that is because honey is the only food in the world that will not spoil. That’s right, providing it is 100% natural honey, it will stay fresh for centuries, perhaps even longer still. Those buzzing bees really do have an answer for everything.

Bee-autiful — by Alex Simpson
Bee-autiful — by Alex Simpson

Tomatoes are Not Native to Italy

When we think of Italian cuisine, we think of pizza, we think of olives, and of course, we think of sun-ripened tomatoes. Tomatoes are a staple part of Italian cuisine, but they are not native to Italy. In fact, the humble tomato was introduced to Italy from explorers from South America during the 16th century.

by Alex Simpson
by Alex Simpson

Potatoes are More Liquid than Solid

You probably know that potatoes can be used to make vodka, but did you know that your average potato is made up of around 80% water, and just 20% solid? We ourselves are also around 80% water, so perhaps we have more in common with the garden potato than we first thought?

by Alex Simpson
by Alex Simpson

Chocolate Was Once a Currency

We’ve all seen the novelty chocolate coins you can buy, especially around the Festive Period, but did you know that chocolate was once used as a currency? From as early as 250 A.D ancient civilisations, including the Mayans and Aztecs, would use cocoa beans as a form of currency. If you try paying your utility bill with a Hershey Bar nowadays, you may get some funny looks, but back then, chocolate was legal tender.

by Alex Simpson
by Alex Simpson

Ketchup Was Once a Medicine

Tomato ketchup is one of the most popular condiments ever created. Originally however, it was used for medicinal purposes. Tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants such as Lycopene, which do promote health and well-being, but back in the 1800s, people believed that tomatoes worked miracles. Whenever people were suffering from an illness or ailment, no matter what that may have been, they would drink spoons of ketchup. There were even tomato pills you could take, which turned out to be fraudulent. Who knew?

by Alex Simpson
by Alex Simpson
This article was originally published on @asimpson86