6 Interesting food facts
Tomato ketchup –
Little investigating shows that up around 1800, North Americans widely considered tomatoes as poisonous. That’s why ketchup didn’t include tomatoes back in those days. Different mixtures of ketchup were made of berries, grapes, mushrooms, and other foods.
In 1834, the tomato got a makeover. A published medical paper declared tomatoes could treat digestive problems.
Three years later, Archibald Miles began producing “Dr.Miles.’ Compound Extract of Tomato.” Some sources state that Miles provided his extract in pill form. Other sources say it was ketchup.
But if Miles’ Extract WAS in the form of ketchup, it was probably good stuff. And as we now know, tomatoes are rich in lycopene and antioxidants.
Today’s ketchup products, however, have one big drawback. They’re sweetened. And you know what that means. Most are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.
Tea Bags –
The approach of tea in Britain in the seventeenth century altered the drinking ways of this nation forever. The late eighteenth century saw black tea pass green tea in popularity for the first time, which also stimulated the addition of milk.
Thomas Sullivan and an accidental American invention
Excessive to say, it was in America, with its love of labour-saving devices, that tea bags were first developed. In around 1908, Thomas Sullivan started to send samples of tea to his customers in tiny silken bags. Some thought that these were supposed to be used in the same way as the metal infusers, by putting the whole bag into the pot, rather than emptying out the contents. It was so by accident that the tea bag was born!
Returning to the comments from his customers that the mesh on the silk was too beautiful, Sullivan developed sachets made of gauze – the first purpose-made tea bags. During the 1920s these were designed for commercial production, and the bags grew in popularity in the USA.
Radishes are members of the related family as cabbages-
Brassicaceae, formerly Cruciferae, the mustard family of flowering plants (order Brassicales), formed of 338 genera and some 3,700 species. The family includes many plants of economic value that have been much altered and subdued by humans, particularly those of the genus Brassica, which includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, napa cabbage, turnip, and rutabaga. Other important crops in the family include horseradish, radish, and white mustard. Some species—such as candytuft, basket-of-gold, and honesty—are grown as ornamentals, and some parts of the family are studied invasive species in regions outside their native range.
Three plates of food at a Chinese meal will make you about 3,000 calories-
Chinese food buffets offer large portions for a low price. Sadly, eating at one of these buffets makes it easy to absorb thousands of calories in one session, which could have long-term consequences if done on a daily basis.
Meat-based Chinese buffet dishes include anywhere from 600 to 1,500 calories in a just individual serving. Three servings of a 1,000-calorie meal add up to 3,000 calories. When you add egg rolls, soups, desserts and seafood dishes, the calorie count can easily move higher than twice the recommended daily caloric intake for an adult.
The most expensive fruit in the world is the Japanese Yubari cantaloupe, and two melons once sold at auction for $23,500.
A rare type of watermelon – the black Densuke, to be exact -– was auctioned off in northern Japan today for a record 650,000 yen (that’s $6,100), according to the Associated Press. That makes it the most valuable watermelon ever sold in the country — and possibly the world, according to the AP.
What does a Densuke watermelon taste like? Gold bullion? Has anyone out there ever tried one of these? Is it worth it? (A Japanese agricultural expert was quoted as saying the melon is crisp and hard, with a unique appeal: “It’s watermelon, but it’s not the same. It has a different level of sweetness.”)
Eating bananas can help fight depression.
You’ll never look at the simple banana the same way again after discovering the many health advantages and reasons to add them to your diet.
They can help to combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and blindness. Plus they can even cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a high shine on your shoes.