Food Fact or Fiction

By Lauralee Kalinec

Everyone has heard a weird fact about food at least once in their lives and I myself am no exception.

One food fact I hear quite often is about the allowance of bug parts in chocolate, and, after a few repetitions of this fact, I looked it up myself.

I found out the FDA actually allows up to 60 insect fragments and 1 rodent hair per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of chocolate.

Its completely gross, but I have to say the amount of times I’ve heard this one has desensitized me to the impact and I happily eat chocolate whenever I please.

Hearing random facts like this in my everyday life has made me wonder what other strange food facts are out there and if they’re really true or not.

These are some of the more interesting “facts” I could find.

 

Ketchup was originally created  for use as a drug.

Fiction

Tomato extracts pills were a miracle-cure-all heath fad in the 1930’s. They weren’t ketchup though.

This fad was also the reason Americans got over their incorrect belief that tomatoes were toxic.

On average, Americans eat more than 18 acres of pizza every day.

Fact

There is some controversy over the exact acreage, but the verdict that this is indeed a fact.

Its no surprise that this is true, we all know that pizza is one of the most popular foods in the US, but the sheer amount is what shocks me.

18 acres of pizza is 561,662 large (16 inch) pizzas. That’s insane.

Hershey’s Kisses were named as such because the machine that makes them looks like  it’s “kissing” the conveyor belt.

Fact

Well, almost fact. The name comes from the “kiss-like” sound the machine makes when it “kisses” the conveyor belt.

Another interesting tidbit: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses were introduced in 1907.

In Japan, grocery stores are selling square watermelons.

Fact

Farmers in Japan have indeed found a way to grow square watermelon.

This has become popular because they are easier to store and Japan is lacking in space.

Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

 Fiction

Honey lasts pretty much forever, In fact, honey found in ancient Egyptian ruins is still edible, but it is not the only food that lasts.

White rice, for example, can last indefinitely. (Brown rice, not so much)

 

Now that I’ve given you some new food facts, let me know what other interesting facts you have in your arsenals of random knowledge, and review.

 

 

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