Here at Pink Grapefruit HQ we have gone round the office to see who know the best food facts. Here are the ones that made it into our top 10. You decide which one is the best. x
1. Chocolate was once used as currency.As early as 250 A.D., ancient civilisations of Mexico and South America, specifically The Mayans and the Aztecs, used the cocoa bean as a system of money.
2. Castoreum, which is used as a substitute vanilla flavouring, is actually taken from the anal glands of beavers. Yep.They use it in combination with urine to scent mark their territory. We just hope this doesn't put you off your next vanilla '99.
3. You've heard of shellac being used to create an anti-chip manicure but did you know it's what's used to make jelly beans nice and shiny too?
4. It's no secret that bananas are an excellent source of dietary fiber, that they protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and keep blood sugars steady but less people know that eating them can actually help fight depression. The fruit contains high levels of tryptophan, which converts into serotonin - a type of chemical in our brain that influences mood.
5. Ever wondered why peppers are hot? It's because of capsaicin, a chemical compound, that tricks your sensory nerves causing you to feel like your mouth is being burned. Ouch.
6. If you put lemons and limes in water, lemons will float and limes will sink. Why? Because although lemons are usually bigger in size, making them typically heavier, it all comes down to density. Lemons have around the same density as water (0.99) and they have pores all over their rind, resulting in tiny air pockets on their surface causing them to float. Limes, on the other hand, are denser than water so naturally they sink.
7. Usually coffee gets a lot of flak. It can dehydrate you, it can encourage you to drink more alcohol and it can potentially lead you to consume more cigarettes but it also happens to be the biggest source of antioxidants in an average Western diet. This means that early morning cup of Joe is, in fact, helping you to fight free radicals. Wahoo.
8. It is widely acknowledged that if you run a hot tap whilst cutting an onion, it'll prevent you from crying. The theory behind it is that steam from a hot tap will dissipate the vapors. Now you can say goodbye to those goggles...
9. The first food ever to be microwaved was popcorn. The second was an egg which exploded in the face of the experimenter. Poor guy.
10. The expiration date on bottled water is actually not for the water but instead it's for the bottle. Water doesn't have proteins or sugars which means that it won't "go off" in the way that food does. However, it it is left open to air, it's chemical composition will change as it absorbs carbon dioxide.
Lets us know if you have anymore in the comments below!