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.
Titanium dioxide is a food additive that can be found in a variety of foodstuffs, like ranch dressing, coffee creamer, icing, and powdered sugar. It is used to make whites appear whiter. But, for this same reason, it can also be found in items like paint, sunscreen, and laundry detergent.
When he was a kid, Frank Epperson left a mixture of soda and water in a cup outside overnight. When his mixture froze and he ate his newfound treat.
At first, Epperson called his invention the "Epsicle" and began selling it all over Neptune Beach in San Francisco that summer. Then, when he got older, Epperson's children began calling his creation "Pop's 'Sicle," or "Popsicle."
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.
Honey will never rot cause its natural state is very low in moisture and very acidic which are two primary defenses against food spoilage. In fact, bacteria will die almost immediately, according to the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California.
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.