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#154040 - 24th Apr 2007 11:06pm Facts about food
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  • Milk chocolate
    was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the concept to his neighbour Henri Nestlé.
    An ounce of chocolate contains about 20 mg of caffeine.
  • Forks,
    mostly being two-tined, used to known as "split spoons."
  • TIP
    is the acronym for "To Insure Promptness."
  • Coffee is the seed of a cherry from the tree genus Coffea
  • Three quarters of fish caught are eaten - the rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer.
  • To make one kilo of honey bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.

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  • Botanically speaking, the banana is a herb and the tomato is a fruit.
  • Bananas are the world's most popular fruit after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer's total sales.
  • Bananas consistently are the number one compliant of grocery shoppers. Most people complain when bananas are overripe or even freckled. The fact is that spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.
  • Approximately 44 million tons of bananas are produced annually, compared to more than 60 million tomatoes. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).
  • There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
  • Over the last 40 years food production actually increased faster than population.
  • The number of people who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 20th century is less than the number who starved to death in the last 25 years of the 19th century.
  • Of the more than $50 billion worth of diet products sold every year, almost $20 billion are spent on imitation fats and sugar substitutes.
  • Over 90% of all fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere.
  • Wine is sold in tinted bottles because wine spoils when exposed to light.
  • Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually.
  • Vitamin A is known to prevent "night blindness," and carrots are loaded with Vitamin A. One carrot provides more than 200% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.
  • Carrots have zero fat content.
  • Maria Ann Smith introduced the Granny Smith apple in 1838.
  • Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.
  • The first European to encounter tea was the Portuguese Jesuit Jasper de Cruz in 1560.
  • Ice tea was introduced in 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis.
  • The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  • In the 1950's some 80% of chickens in Europe and the US were free-ranging. By 1980, it was only 1%. Today, about 13% of chickens in the West are free-ranging.
  • An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavour are caused by their smell.
  • Americans eat twice as much meat as Europeans, gobbling up some 50kg (110 lb) per capita.
  • The first cola-flavoured beverage was introduced in 1881.
  • Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886.
  • Pepsi-Cola was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1890 as "Brad's Drink" as a digestive aid and energy booster. In was renamed as Pepsi-Cola in 1989.
  • In 1929, the Howdy Company introduced its "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas," which became 7 Up. 7 Up was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg.
  • The first diet soft drink, called the "No-Cal Beverage" was launched in 1952.
  • Aluminum cans were introduced in 1957 and two years later the first diet cola was sold.
  • The pull-ring tab was invented in 1962 and the re-sealable top in 1965.
  • Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970.
  • The stay-on tab was invented in 1974.
  • China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. 25 million trees are chopped down to make 'em sticks.
  • Chocolate is the number one foodstuff flavour in the world, beating vanilla and banana by 3-to-1.
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#154042 - 24th Apr 2007 11:38pm Re: Facts about food [Re: Mark]
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Another one is that Coca Cola originally contained a trace of Cocaine hehe grin

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#154043 - 24th Apr 2007 11:49pm Re: Facts about food [Re: MattLFC]
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Originally Posted By: MattyC
Another one is that Coca Cola originally contained a trace of Cocaine hehe grin


indeed, hence the name.

Another one is that they brought and endorsed the typical 19th and 20th century image of santa to America - red coat, white beard e.t.c

Also, Dr Pepper was orignally made from prunes
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#154051 - 25th Apr 2007 12:02am Re: Facts about food [Re: BMW Joe]
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Thats untrue Joe, the name Coca Cola didnt actually have anything to do with Cocaine, as it was only a trace bi-product of the coca leaves, the name actually derived from the miture of [Coca] leaves and [Kola] nuts, which were originally used to flavour the drink.

The Santa fact is also a common misconception. Santa Claus as we all know was originally blue. But sometime in the 1850's people started painting images of him in red. And it started to catch on prior to 1885, when Coca Cola was invented. In fact, it was not until the 1930's that Coca Cola actually started advertising using a red Santa Clause, by which time the image of a red Santa was already becoming commonplace across the western world anyway.

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#154055 - 25th Apr 2007 12:05am Re: Facts about food [Re: MattLFC]
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D'oh, at least I was right with the Dr Pepper? lol

Even thats probably a mis-conception smack
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#154056 - 25th Apr 2007 12:08am Re: Facts about food [Re: BMW Joe]
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Lol, its easy enough to make these mistakes though, as pretty much the whole world is told of these misconceptions as facts. I only know cos I used to be addicted to Coca Cola (well, I wasnt actually, cos I stopped drinking it with no problem at all, but everyone said I was as I was drinking like 4 litres a day at one point lmao).

You know me, full of useless information haha!

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#170042 - 3rd Sep 2007 6:34pm Re: Facts about food [Re: MattLFC]
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Another useless fact we all know is that MSG (monosodium glutamte) is the cause of people popping and not stopping when they buy pringles... LMAO
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#213672 - 4th Mar 2008 7:11pm Re: Facts about food [Re: MattLFC]
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another one is, i make the best corned beef hash - even the gf just admitted mine is better than hers (she puts carrot in it - as much as i like carrot i dont think it should be in me corned beef hash lol)... potatoes corned beef and onions smile

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#213690 - 4th Mar 2008 9:14pm Re: Facts about food [Re: Davey_Martin]
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coca cola is green before they had the colouring

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#213793 - 5th Mar 2008 2:00pm Re: Facts about food [Re: vw_kyle]
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Originally Posted By: nissan_kyle
coca cola is green before they had the colouring

Not true im afraid... the Caramel make's it brown, and is quite important for the taste.

The formula has barely changed since it was invented.

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#213794 - 5th Mar 2008 2:17pm Re: Facts about food [Re: MattLFC]
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could b gettin confused with santa was green till cocacola made him red smile
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#213813 - 5th Mar 2008 5:30pm Re: Facts about food [Re: chiccy]
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Correcto mondo Chiccy smile

He was Green and Brown (Looked like a Hobo or Scott)
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