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20 Mind-Blowing Facts About Food That You Probably Didn’t Know About

Food is an essential part of all of our everyday lives. But do we know about everything we eat? Scientists are constantly discovering new interesting facts about food. In this article, we rounded up some of the strangest and most fascinating food facts that you probably never knew about food around the world and throughout time.

#1 Ketchup was once believed to have medicinal qualities

In the 19th century, tomatoes were believed to have medicinal qualities. A doctor in Ohio in the 1830s claimed that tomatoes could treat diarrhea and indigestion, publishing recipes for a kind of tomato ketchup that he soon turned into a concentrated pill.

#15 Oysters are still alive when you eat them.

Do you know that raw oysters are still alive when you eat them?. In fact, Oysters deteriorate so fast that chefs have to serve them very quickly while they're still alive, basically. 

Eventually, some varieties of the shellfish can survive out of the water for up to two weeks, which is why oysters are stored under particularly regulated condition. If they die, they are no longer safe to eat.

#20 People once thought tomatoes were poisonous.

In the 18th century, in Europe, the tomato was named "the poison apple," because aristocrats would oftentimes get sick and die after eating them. Then, they know that the explanation had to do with their choice of tableware, not the tomatoes. 

In fact, according to the historical cookbook, the high acidity of tomatoes would cause lead to leach from the pewter plates used by rich aristocrats and cause lead poisoning. 

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