30 Outrageous Facts About Food You’ll Think Are Made Up
Do you believe these utterly insane food facts?
The most popular pizza topping isn’t what you think
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Cheese pizza is a classic—but despite popular belief, it isn’t actually the most popular pizza topping. Instead, the honor belongs to pepperoni, followed by mushrooms, onions, and sausage, according to Foodler.
Americans eat nearly 2,000 pounds of food a year
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You’re probably thinking, “There’s no way I eat 2,000 pounds of food in a year!” but according to economists at the USDA, it’s just four pounds short of what the average American consumed in 2011. Of those, only 273 pounds consumed were fruit, and 415 were veggies—so excuse us while we increase our intake of leafy greens. Learn the most iconic food fact from every state.
Oreo cookies are actually NOT vegan
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Despite the rumor that’s been flying around the past few years, America’s favorite cookie isn’t actually vegan-friendly. According to Oreo, while milk and eggs aren’t listed on the ingredient list, the cookies could possibly come into contact with milk during production, and therefore should be avoided by vegans.
Froot Loops are all the same flavor
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If you think your palate is so refined as to notice a distinct flavor in each of the differently colored Froot Loops, we’re sorry to break it to you—they all taste the same. They’re actually a “blend of fruit flavors,” so no one flavor is more noticeable than the rest. Find out the fast-food “facts” that are actually false.
Wine can be used to fuel a car
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Don’t try this one at home! In an effort to find sustainable alternatives to traditional oil, Prince Charles had his vintage Aston Martin rigged to run on wine, and claims that it runs better and more powerfully while on the spirit—plus, it smells better while it’s driving, too.
Watermelons are berries, but strawberries aren’t
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Common sense says that fruits with the word “berry” in the name are, of course, berries. But that’s not exactly the case since the word’s scientific definition means a berry must have an outer skin, a fleshy middle and seeds on the inside, not the outside. So strawberries don’t make the cut—but watermelons and bananas do! Learn more quirky facts about your favorite foods.
Rhubarb grows so fast, you can hear it growing
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Rhubarb has the ability to grow as much as one inch per day, a rate so fast that you can actually hear it creak and pop as it gets bigger. Scientists say that growing forced rhubarb makes it sweeter.
Shaking ketchup changes it on a molecular level
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If you’re sick of thick, goopy ketchup that barely makes it out of the bottle, there’s a simple solution: Shake it. Shaking ketchup turns round tomato particles into a thinner ellipses shape, making it 1,000 times runnier and the perfect consistency for squirting onto fries, burgers, and all your favorite meals.
The chimichanga was invented in America
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The chimichanga is among our go-to choices when dining at Mexican restaurants—but it turns out, it’s not completely Mexican at all. It was most likely invented in a Mexican restaurant in Tucson, Arizona, and translates from Spanish as “watchamacalit” or “thingamajig.” Here are other popular “Mexican” foods you’ll only find in America.
Sesame seeds were believed to hold magical properties
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We all love a few sesame seeds sprinkled on our burger buns—but did you know they were once worth more than gold? While there’s no denying that sesame seeds offer many health benefits, in some cultures of old they were considered to bring good luck and fortune, and thus were one of the most valuable items on Earth.