By: Ivan Ho
Below are some fun food facts that may astound or surprise you about food!
- Re-fried Beans: They are actually only fried once despite their name. The reason for the misunderstanding is actually a simple translation error. The original name ‘frijoles refritos’ actually means ‘well fried beans’. You can see how it sounds similar to re-fried beans.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Many people like to add this sauce to their dishes, giving a tangy salty-sweet flavor. But did you know that it was made from dissolved fish? Anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they are completely dissolved (even including the bones and the scales)
- Microwaves were invented by accident: Percy Spencer, the inventor of the microwave, actually came up with the concept after his chocolate bar melted while he was walking past a radar tube. Being intrigued, he came back with a bag of corn and lo and behold: popcorn!
- Apple, Potato and Onion: Tasting the flavor of food is not only dependent on the tongue but also the smell. If you ever tried to eat food when you had a cold or a stuffy nose, you will notice you can’t taste anything. Try this fun test at home: Hold your nostrils closed and get someone to give you a piece of apple, potato and onion in a random order and try to guess which food you have just eaten. They will all taste the same.
- Brain Freeze: Believe it or not, the saying was actually created by 7-11 to describe the effect of drinking their slurpee too quickly. This phenomenon occurs when a very cold substance is sensed by the upper palate of your mouth. As you know, cold temperatures cause blood vessels to constrict. Your body would then try to counter this by opening your blood vessels and in doing so, causes fluid buildup around your forehead giving you the ‘freeze’ feeling.
- Honey: It is the only food that does not spoil. Honey naturally contains antibacterial enzymes and can be left out without spoiling. This is also why honey is also a natural remedy if you have the cold or flu. Drink a warm glass of water with honey and lemon.
- Steaks and Meat: Many people believe that eating undercooked meat (especially steaks) may contain a lot of bacteria. This may be true, however, well and over cooked meats may actually contain higher levels of carcinogens due to toxic waste compounds. Try to minimize burning your meat or try to remove the burnt parts before consumption.
- Fruit Frenzy: Many people think that eating lots of fruit and less of other nutrients can help in weight loss. The truth is that fruits contain some of the highest levels of simple sugars. Remember that different sugars have different levels of ‘sweetness’. Think twice next time you think about downing that third glass of orange juice.
- Satiation Control: It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal that you have eaten and are full. This signal is usually released from the stomach. Eating slower will therefore help you control the amount you eat. This is why in eating competitions, you see participants stuffing themselves as fast as possible in the first 15 minutes or so, because when satiation kicks in, so do your gag reflexes.
- Cinnamon can actually help reduce blood sugar levels and therefore a helpful tip for people with diabetes.
(Source: http://listverse.com/2007/12/17/top-10-incredible-food-facts/, http://listverse.com/2008/12/01/another-10-fascinating-food-facts/, http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090119151055AAKXEAp, http://www.brighthub.com/health/diet-nutrition/articles/31918.aspx, http://www.naturally-lose-weight-fast.com/food-nutrition-facts.html)