Tip: Did you know?

(Also known as: Too much time on my hands)…Enjoy and pass on to your kids at dinner time…

Peanut butter was invented by St. Louis physician Ambrose Straub, who, concerned about the nutrition of his elderly, toothless patients, concocted a health-food product that was high in protein and easily digestible.

Celery has negative calories.  It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

The original filling in Twinkies was banana.  It was replaced by vanilla-flavored cream during World War II, when the United States experienced a banana shortage.

Honey is believed to be the only food that does not spoil.  Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found to still be edible.

Popcorn has been a food product for over 6,000 years.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

The flavor we think of as bubblegum is a combination of wintergreen, vanilla and cassia, a form of cinnamon.

Cheese closes the stomach and should always be served at the end of a meal.

Pineapples are classified as berries.

Chopsticks are called “o-hashi” in Japan and “kwai-tse” in China.

When potatoes were first introduced to Europe, people were skeptical and only ate the leaves, which made them sick. They would then throw away the rest, including the actual spud.

A hard-boiled egg will spin.  An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.

Cheese is the oldest of all man-made foods.

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4 Comments

  1. froggylove said,

    July 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for the fun facts! I will be passing them on. I didnt know about honey, or twinkies. Okay I didnt know alot of these. FUN!

  2. Chandra said,

    July 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Fascinating! I knew about the spinning the egg one but everything else I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing those great food facts.

  3. Elsie said,

    August 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Love these kind of facts. Peanut butter is one of my favorite (but forbidden…by myself, lol) foods. I know it contains lots of protein but never knew its origin.

    The raisin and champagne is really interesting as I am busy planning my daughter’s wedding in October. Hmmm…wonder if I should pop a raisin in every guest’s glass?

  4. FoodyMom said,

    August 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Yes, I think you should. But there’s really no reason to wait that long to try it 🙂 in the name of experimentation, of course.


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