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Useless Information About Your Favorite Food

Updated on February 06, 2017
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Trivia Can Be Addictive and Fun

I've always been fascinated by culinary trivia. When I was a child, my brother, sister, and I would spend many an evening carefully concentrating on our father's yarns about the inventions of various foods.

His stories soon cultivated a thirst within me for more facts relating to cuisine. I actually kept a journal of some of these facts for years, which is what I'm sharing here with you now.

You may indeed find this information useless, but then again, you may find it delightful or even useful. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Kellogg World Headquarters

Kellogg World Headquarters, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA as it is today.  Building designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum
Kellogg World Headquarters, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA as it is today. Building designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum | Source

19th Century A.D. Food and Drink Milestones

  • 1828 - Conrad van Houten, Dutch chemist and chocolatier, develops cocoa powder.
  • 1858 - John Landis Mason receives his patent for his mason jar, designed for canning and preserving.
  • 1869 - Joseph Campbell , along with Abraham Anderson, established what we now know as the Campbell Soup Company.
  • 1877 - In Battle Creek , Michigan, surgeon and vegetarian John Harvey Kellogg first develops a breakfast cereal combining wheat, oats and cornmeal called Granula and changed the name to Granola four years later.
  • 1890 - Thomas Lipton, Scottish grocer, first packages and sells tea.

Peanuts Are Good For Your Heart

Peanuts are a member of the legume family. A heart healthy food, have a handful 4 times a week.
Peanuts are a member of the legume family. A heart healthy food, have a handful 4 times a week. | Source

6 Jolting Food Facts

  • Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life. Honey comes from the nectar and bee vomit. (Oh, dear).
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. (Yikes). Make sure you and your loved ones are not allergic to this popular snack.
  • Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  • A cucumber is 96% water.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. It was used to treat diarrhea.
  • An acre of rice yields a harvest of more than 4 tons of rice.

Is Ketchup a Vegetable?

  • 1980 - The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program
  • Apples belong to the rose family, as do pears and plums.
  • The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
  • In 1937 the first shopping cart was introduced in Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  • 1939 ushered in the first cardboard cartons replacing glass milk bottles in the U.S.
  • In 1948 brothers-in-law Burton Baskin and Irvine Robbins opened Baskin-Robbins known as "31 Flavors" in Southern California, U.S.
  • 1973 was the year for the first food labeling. Del Monte was the first major food processor in the U.S. to include nutrition labels on products.
  • 1987 brings us Starbucks coffee, launched in Seattle, Washington, the brain-child of Howard Schultz.
  • V 8 juice consist of the following 8 juices: tomato, carrot, beet, celery, spinach, lettuce, watercress and parsley juice.

Skip This if You Have a Weak Stomach

  • Castoreum, which is used as vanilla flavoring in candies, baked goods, etc., is actually a secretion from the anal glands of beavers. Doughnut anyone?
  • Ranch dressing contains titanium dioxide, which is used to make it appear whiter. The same ingredient is used in sunscreen and paint for the same effect.
  • I used to love fig newtons until I learned that sometimes fig wasps become trapped in the processing. Figs require pollination by these tiny wasps.
  • There's about 5 fruit flies in every cup of juice.

I could add to this list but enough already.

Your Liver Loves Lemons

Detoxify your liver by drinking a large glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning.
Detoxify your liver by drinking a large glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning. | Source

Some Diner Slang You May Not Know

  • Doughnut - life preserver
  • Ham - Noah's boy

  • Scrambled eggs - wreck 'em

  • Hot Dog - tube steak

  • French Fries - frog sticks

  • Lettuce - rabbit food

  • Chocolate Ice Cream - cold mud

  • Butter - axel grease

  • Salt - sea dust

  • Mustard - yellow paint

Potato Milestones

  • There are approximately 6,000 potato growers in the United States.
  • In the year 2002 there were 446.32 billion pounds of potatoes produced in the United States.
  • 12.02 billion pounds of potatoes were produced in Idaho during 2001.
  • Frito-Lay uses 5 billion pounds of potatoes for Lays and Ruffles potato chips.
  • The shelf life for a can of Pringles is 15 months. (Thanks to the preservatives.)
  • The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.
  • According to 2010 statistics China is the leading producer of potatoes.

Food Happenings During 16th Century AD

Love hot chocolate?

  • In the year 1519, a member of Hernando Cortes's Spanish expedition to Mexico, witnesses Montezuma (the Aztec King), drinking a thick, spicy hot beverage called xocoatl, made from cacao beans. Today this is known as hot chocolate or cocoa.
  • 1523 - Turkeys from the New world were brought to Spain, England and other old world countries.
  • 1559 - Italians begin to make gelato.
  • The brewery that became known as Heineken was founded in Holland in the year 1592.

Breaking Bread

Bread is a universal sign of peace. It is eaten by every race, culture and religion.
Bread is a universal sign of peace. It is eaten by every race, culture and religion. | Source

Ezekiel 4:9 Bread

Ezekial cinnamon raisin bread is my favorite gluten-free, sprouted grain bread.
Ezekial cinnamon raisin bread is my favorite gluten-free, sprouted grain bread. | Source

What is Ezekiel Bread?

This is the only bread you'll find in my refrigerator. Yes, it must be refrigerated. I have a slice every morning which provides me with a complete source of protein. In fact, according to Food For Life, Ezekiel bread is rated 84.3% as efficient as the highest source of protein.

It's magic is the sprouted grain which is lower in starch and has higher amounts of protein, minerals and vitamins including B2, B5, B6 and C. Its also full of essential amino acids and because the recipe includes legumes and grains it provides a good source of fiber.

I prefer the cinnamon raisin variety which I toast lightly with a dainty spread of butter.

Not-So-Useless Information About Bread

  • The Egyptians used bread as a type of currency.
  • Bakers were once fined if their loaves of bread were underweight. To avoid the fine they added an extra loaf to every dozen. This is how the term "Baker's Dozen" came to be.
  • Check out the color of the twist ties in the packaging. The color of the tie indicates what day of the week the bread was baked. This is to help the stock clerk what bread is old and what needs to be removed from the shelves.
  • Bread is a universal sign of peace.
  • Workers who helped build the pyramids of Egypt were paid in bread.
  • Avoid refrigerating bread. It will go stale six times faster than leaving it at room temperature or freezing.
  • Insert a piece of bread into your mouth while peelings onions to keep from tearing up.

Avocado Tips You Need to Know

I could eat an avocado everyday but of course I don't. Most days a half of an avocado is enough. The question that has plagued me for years is "How do I keep this healthy food from turning brown?" And here are more tips:

  • Place the peeled area in lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • It usually takes three to five days to ripen an avocado at room temperature.
  • To select a good avocado simply pop off the stem and look for a green color. Brown would indicate it's to mushy.
  • Put the avocado in a brown paper bag with a banana to speed up the ripening process.
  • Avocado pits are full of antioxidants.
  • Avocado seeds were used to treat digestive issues along with dysentery and gastric ulcers in ancient South America.
  • Need more fiber? The pit is full of fiber.
  • Avocado seeds make a good foot massage for tired feet. You can use just one or put 3 or 4 in a plastic zip lock and give your feet a treat.

In Conclusion - Our Relationship With Food

We all have a relationship with food. Some of us feel a guilt trip coming on when we reach for certain foods. We even use food as a reward. And what would a celebration be without a banquet of goodies?

Our preference for certain foods can be traced to genetics and cultural influences. Most of mine seem to be associated with my childhood experiences and memories. My father had to have his food served to him well done. I'm talking about super well done - a step away from charred. I turned out the same way.

Taste preferences are coded in our DNA so if you have a sweet tooth blame it on your parents, grandmother or maybe grandfather.

The bottom line is - enjoy your food. And here's one last useless bit of information on food to leave you with:

A company in Taiwan makes the dinner plates out of wheat so you can eat your plate. Just think, no more dishes to wash.

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Sources

  • http://foodreferences.com
  • http://reference.com/food/ezekielbread
  • http://dumpflmeierbakery.com
  • http://breaddailytripod.com
  • http://everydayepicurist.com

© 2017 Audrey Hunt

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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 2 weeks ago from United States

      I enjoyed this work very much, my friend. It was very informative and entertaining. Well done. whonu

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      Audrey Hunt 2 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      whonuwho

      How exciting for me to find your comment just minutes after being published. Thank you my friend. Peace, harmony and love to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Audrey, this is one of the most interesting and fun hubs I have read in ages. Who would have thought...e.g. ketchup as a medicine for treating diarrhoea. Great food facts..thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Audrey, this one is right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your comment about your dad preferring that his dinner become a burnt offering (and you are the same) made me think (and wonder about) my own parents. Mom insisted on charcoal; Daddy on the other hand was OK if the steer just raun past the flames of the oven. So, guess what, I prefer mine medium.

      By the way, the original Starbucks is still in existence -- right in the middle of Pike Place Market.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      What a fun hub. What inspired someone to mess around with the anal glands of beavers and put the contents in food? It makes you wonder what the story is behind that. I laughed at the diner talk. I could never remember that while trying to wait tables. I wouldn't say this is useless information at all.

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      Cynthia B. Turner 2 weeks ago from Georgia

      Very interesting facts. Some left me with other questions such as what is Ezekiel bread (never heard of it)? What is the difference between the avocado pit and the avocado seed? Thanks for the info on how to tell if the avocado is ripe, by the way. And what do you do with the fact that bread is a universal sign of peace? Extend a loaf of bread in place of a handshake? Just wondering. Lol.

      I suppose I have a little bit of research to do. Thanks for the information - I think. Take care.

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      Martie Coetser 13 days ago from South Africa

      This is a fabulous hub, oozing with useful information. Thank you, vocalcoach!

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      Bill Holland 13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was fun, my dear. A bit different from you, packed with great information and fun facts. Thanks for a great read this rainy Sunday morning.

      love,

      bill

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      Nell Rose 13 days ago from England

      I love what my hubby calls 'useless information' lol! but to me all information is well worth knowing. I would call it, well wouldya know it info! LOL! and yes its my favorite kind! animal sick and glands yuck! LOL!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I must say that I found some useful information in your fun to read hub. I have always kept my bread in the frig., didn't know it would dry out quicker. One of my favorite snacks is cinnamon raison bread with peanut butter to quell my sweet tooth, gluten-free of course. I must ask, how would we eat avocado pits?

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      Mary Wickison 13 days ago from Brazil

      Now I feel armed to tackle any trivia questions. Oodles of fun facts. My husband still calls my salad 'rabbit food'.

      How in the world did anyone connect the anal glands of beavers with flavoring candy? The mind boggles.

      Fun hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 days ago from The Caribbean

      I find this article very interesting. Good mix of history, nutrition and fun. The bread information turns out to be very useful too. Thank you, Audrey.

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      Louise Powles 12 days ago from Great Yarmouth

      Really interesting. I didn't know cucumbers had such a high percentage of water! And I love avacados.

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      Thelma Alberts 12 days ago from Germany

      This is a very interesting hub and funny as well. Thanks for the loads of information. Well done!

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      Audrey Hunt 12 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jodah

      I thought long and hard about writing this hub, including how to come up with a title. You've really made my day. Haven't been this happy in a long while. So appreciate your comments. Thanks John.

      Carb Diva

      "Daddy on the other hand was OK if the steer just ran past the flames of the oven." I'm laughing my self silly! Your descriptions are priceless. I've read your comments three times now and really must move on to the others.

      Imagine, too, the original Starbucks still exists. Awesome!

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      Audrey Hunt 12 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      flourishanyway

      Your question about a beaver's anal glands set me laughing from head to toe. Indeed! Like your comments my friend and happy to know this information wasn't useless.

      Cyndi10

      No difference between the avocado see and pit. Both terms are correct. Ezekial bread is a flourless low glycemic sprouted `100% whole grain bread. I've eaten this bread for years and swear by it. It's a complete protein with no transfats full of nutrition. It's found in the freezer section of many markets and Trader Joes keeps it with their other breads.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thelma

      Information about the food we eat and how it's created is usually a popular topic. I know I enjoy hearing news about food. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks.

      Coffequeeen

      So good to know you found a few interesting facts about food. I agree that learning new information about what we put in our mouth is fun. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Martie

      Great to see you and thanks for reading my post. Glad you liked it.

      Hello Bill

      I wear a coat of many colors (to borrow a phrase from the musical). I thought this would be fun and you've confirmed it. Thanks my friend.

      love,

      Audrey

      Nell,

      Useless information has turned out to be useful. Yea! Ya never know. Love your comments - I'm laughing.

      Ruby

      I use a hammer to split the avocado seed in small enough pieces to grind.

      You can also google this information. The seed is just full of amazing nutrition. I wonder why some company doesn't produce ground avocado seeds? Should we go into business? :)

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      Genna East 11 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a fun hub, Audrey, filled with interesting info. By the way, I also love and eat Ezekiel bread, which I can only buy at a health food store. I purchase the low sodium variety, and toast it for sandwiches, with scrambled egg whites and goat cheese, etc. It's yummy. We also share a love of avocados.

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      Nadine May 11 days ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That was still a useful article Audrey. Learned about the avocado seed and will now grate it and add it to my stir-fry

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      marcoujor 11 days ago

      Fabulous and fun post, dear Audrey - I learn much from you.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      Blond Logic

      Anal glands of beavers to flavor candy, indeed! (Laughing out loud). Very glad you had some fun here.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      MsDora

      Thank you for reading my hub. I enjoyed putting all this information together.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      Genna

      Oh, so neat that you're a lover of Ezekial bread too. I'm going to try your toast with scrambled eggs and goat cheese tomorrow. I may add a slice of avocado too! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Nadine. What a good idea you've given here - to add the grated avocado seed to stir-fry. I

      'm doing this tonight. Thanks.

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      alocsin 6 days ago from Orange County, CA

      As far as food is concerned, there's no such thing as useless information. I love the info about Avocado tips.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 days ago from Nashville Tn.

      alocsin

      The avocado seed is very good for us. I sprinkled ground seed on my salad today. Thanks for enjoying my hub on "Useless Information About Food."

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