Christmas for many is all about preparing to eat, eating, then wishing you hadn’t eaten quite so much.
To celebrate the growing obesity* crisis that is December, here are some food facts:
- Apples are made of 25% air, which is why they float. They also have more stimulant than caffeine. And I’ve been feeding them to my children.
- Avocado has the highest protein and oil content of all fruits (I didn’t say they’d be interesting facts). They are also poisonous to birds (okay, that is interesting).
- Carrots were originally purple in colour, changing in the 17th Century to orange, through new varieties.
- The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poop. Not sure what a civet is, but if it poops, I’m not drinking the coffee.
- Celery requires more calories to eat and digest than it contains.
- Cherries are a member of the rose family. Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Food doesn’t know its place.
- The largest food item on a menu is roast camel. I wonder if that would be enough for my family this Christmas?
- Corn always has an even number of ears. It only makes up about 8% of the weight in a box of corn flakes.
- Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish. Ewwwwwwww!
- Honey is the only edible food for humans that will never go bad. A jar of honey that was 2000 years old was eaten safely.
- Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges. Strawberries knock citrus fruits on their – ahem – backsides.
- Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.
- Peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite.
- Pear is a fruit that ripens from the inside out.
- During a lifetime the average person eats about 35 tonnes of food. 70% of that at Christmas time.
Source: the internet, so they must be true.
*See what I did there?
Do you have an interesting food fact to share?