Even people who have studied nutrition are shocked at some of these weird facts. In fact, most people have tons of misconceptions about food in general, so these facts are bound to provide some insight for you.
1. Tonic Water Glows Under Black Light
Black lights are an often used source of ambiance and entertainment in many parties, and at concerts, bars, and light shows. You probably know that white clothing, white drinks, and anything else devoid of color will show up with a bright, violent bluish purple under a black light. However, the quinine in tonic water glows a bright blue. Probably a selling point for many mixed drinks!
2. Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blackberries Are Not Berries
Berries are a popular fruit, often eaten, shared, and stuffed in salads, pies, and ice creams. However, the most popular berries that all have berry in the name, don’t classify as berries at all. Berries have their seeds on the insides of their skin, while strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries do not, ignoring this rule and keeping their deceiving names.
3. Pumpkins (And Others) Are Berries?!
While the berry crew defies the law of berry definition but keep their status, other foods like bananas, tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, and avocados do the opposite. While these can all be categorized as fruits, vegetables, or squash, by scientific definition, they’re all berries, fitting in the same “family” as the blueberry most people love.
4. Oysters Provide More Vitamin D Than Skim Milk
Per calorie, oysters actually provide up to three times more vitamin D than skim milk, which is often consumed due to the supposed high vitamin content and the low calorie content. Those dieting might want to jump on the oyster train instead, getting their daily intake for even less. Cut back on the high calorie dips, though, as that would likely defeat the purpose.
5. There Are More Antibiotics Sold to Grow Meat Than Treat The Sick
In the year 2011, an estimated 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics were sold merely for the production of beef and poultry. While that doesn’t seem like a large amount, production for human usage was only 7.7 million pounds, or around 25% of the nation’s production for meat.
6. Cinnamon Helps Reduce The Risk of Blood Clots
Cinnamon is not only a wonderful spice, but also an extreme source of antioxidants. These vitamins work in the body not only to monitor the blood, but also control blood sugar and vastly improve insulin sensitivity which prevents fat gain and diabetes in people who actively consume their daily dose of this powerful spice.
7. Popcorn May Be A Miracle Snack
Despite the fact that it’s simply corn kernels, air-popped popcorn contains more antioxidants than the average fruit or veggie, which do wonders for the human body. Containing virtually no calories on its own, this healthy snack is actually among one of the top choices for dieters and health nuts alike. Avoid the unhealthy toppings (butter, cheese, caramel, chocolate) to keep the healthy snack as it was intended – don’t shun indulging completely, though!
8. Only One in Ten Americans Consume Enough Potassium
Studies show that 90% of Americans are severely deficient in potassium, lacking this important vitamin despite the fact that it’s so easy to get. Bananas and egg whites both contain high levels of potassium. Regardless, millions of Americans somehow go without, sometimes even dipping into dangerously low levels.
9. Too Much Soda Can Cause Osteoporosis
Soda actually leaches calcium from bones, and in high content, can cause crippling results. If calcium isn’t maintained, osteoporosis has a high chance of developing, even in earlier years. On top of that, this addicting drink devours tooth enamel and can even destroy the mouth. Drink with care and protect your body and your teeth.
10. Gelatin is Made From Cattle Hide and Pork Skin
Many cooks who use beef or chicken bones in their broths also often see a thick, gelatinous hardening occur when the mixture sits. This is because of the properties in skin, bone, and marrow (which add specific nutrients and flavors to many foods), and the gelatin when it cools. It is for this reason that many vegans avoid the product.
11. Honey is Made From Nectar and Bee Vomit
After consuming nectar, bees store it within themselves and regurgitate the ingredient to create honey that’s kept in their hives. Believe it or not, this is actually a form of cleaning, and removes germs, pollutants, and yeast that would ferment in the honey. Without this, honey wouldn’t be the interesting, healthy, and tasty treat it is today, and it certainly wouldn’t have its famous property of lasting forever.