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Top 100 Random Food Facts

Here we have a fantastic list of the top 100 random food facts, from fruit & veg, to chocolate and candy. If you love your food, these facts will satisfy your appetite!

  1. A survey showed 29% of adults say they have been splashed or scalded by hot drinks while dunking biscuits.
  2. Ortharexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with eating healthy food.
  3. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.
  4. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups.
  5. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
  6. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognized phobia.
  7. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  8. The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.
  9. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  10. In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn.
  11. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  12. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  13. The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.
  14. Marmite was first introduced into the UK in 1902.
  15. The ancient Greeks chewed a gum-like substance called mastic that came from the bark of a tree.
  16. Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  17. The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
  18. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  19. If you boil beetroot in water, and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.
  20. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  21. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes.
  22. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year.
  23. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.
  24. A cluster of bananas is formerly called a ‘hand’. Along that theme, a single banana is called a ‘finger’.
  25. Onion is Latin for ‘large pearl’.


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    Plazmadawg 4th December 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    “In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn”. Urhmm… I have lived in South Africa my whole life and I have never head or seen this.

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    Gavin Bartow 26th January 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I like food. Food is yummy. Yummmmmm. Food taste yummy. Who else loves food

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    Eric Troy 15th August 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

    I believe the idea that the Heinz “57 varieties” slogan had something to do with how many types of pickles the company sold comes from the slogan appearing on a large pickle on labels. However, this is a myth. The company made well over 57 varieties of products and the number 57 was, in fact, a random number…Heinz just liked the sound of it.

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