Food is love! It helps you sustain, it makes you cheat (hello, cheat meals), it gives you the highest form of pleasure, well there are just so many things that food does for us. We simply cannot think without food, can we? But how well do we know our foods? Interesting question, and strangely we know so little about our favorite foods. So, let’s focus today on some of the most OMG facts on foods, something that will make your jaw drop on the floor!
Your Feet Can Help Taste Garlic
Well, it is certainly a very stinky topic to cover. But is it true that your feet can take the place of your taste buds? Well, it is all thanks to the molecule called allicin, which leads garlic to its quintessential smell. It can seep in through the skin of your feet and enter the bloodstream and travel to your nose and mouth, which can help you taste the garlic. So, if you plan to stick your feet in a bag full of garlic cloves you may get the taste.
Eat Cooked Tomatoes to Beat Cancer
While you may be knowing that tomato contains a cancer-fighting compound called lycopene, you may not know that you can activate that compound by eating cooked tomatoes. Eating a significant amount of cooked tomatoes can not only lend a bright red hue to your food but this same color has the power to help you beat prostate cancer.
So, if men upped their intake of tomatoes and had them five to six times a week, they had a greater chance of beating prostate cancer, as high as almost 28%. But remember it is the cooked tomatoes that do the trick.
Titanium Dioxide in Ranch Dressing
While ranch dressings are plain delicious, they are not exactly very healthy. They are full of additives of the worst kinds. They are dyed with a chemical that you can also find in sunscreen.
The rogue chemical is titanium dioxide that you can find in many cosmetic products such as sunscreen, lotions, and other personal care products. It lends the white color to the dressing. The FDA allows only a minimum percentage of titanium dioxide in foods, as little as 1 percent.
The Nutmeg Intoxication
Nutmeg intoxication is real. It can cause myristicin, the chemical that also finds its way into dill and parsley. It can cause, among many other things, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, and confusion. This impact can last up to 10 hours or more, hence you should not try it at home.
Humans or Bananas – Who Are More Radioactive of the Two?
The potassium-rich bananas are highly radioactive, but the question is between humans and bananas, which is more radioactive? Humans win hands down. Humans are more radioactive than a banana, as humans contain way more potassium than bananas.
Hawaiin Pizza is Actually Greek
Would you believe it when we say Hawaiian pizza was made by a Greek immigrant in Canada known as Sam Panopoulos? He and his brother opened a small chain of restaurants in Ontario and realized that pizza was becoming quite a popular dish in Canada. They combined the sweet pineapple with salty ham just to try something new. And lo and behold the fever of pizza caught on. And soon they introduced the new pizza with the Hawaiian name!
The Liquor-Mixer That Became a Rage
Mountain Dew is a Tennessee-born drink made by the brother-duo Barney and Ally Hartman. Necessity is surely the mother of invention and this adage was reiterated as the duo ran out of their ever-dependable lemon-lime mixer and decided to come out with one of their own. So, mountain dew was a nickname used for moonshine.
They came up with this drink which tasted like moonshine and was a ready liquor mixer. However, that Mountain Dew that was made at that time is complete, different today. It is caffeine-free and has a lemony flavor quite like the Sprite that we drink today. After an initial makeover, the Hartman brothers sold the drink to the Tio Corporation of Marion in Virginia.
Aren’t these some of the most fascinating facts about your favorite foods? Tell us which one did you find most interesting?