18 Facts About Food That Will Make You Reconsider Your Meal Choices

18 Facts About Food That Will Make You Reconsider Your Meal Choices
Posted Dec 16, by Justine Figueroa
According to the Department of Agriculture, the average American consumed 1,996 pounds of food in 2011. With the amount of access we have to food and the amount we consume every year, it’s important to know these 18 facts about what you might be putting in your body.

1. The same wax used to make fruit-flavored snacks is also in car wax, shoe polish and dental floss.

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2. Chocolate was once used as currency.

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3. Apples float because one-fourth of their volume is made of air.

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4. Consuming high concentrations of nutmeg can caused hallucinations.

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5. The potentially fatal brain mushroom is considered a delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and parts of North America.

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Poisoning would take place after several days of repeated consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, sudden headache, and dizziness.
6. Humans are born craving sugar.

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It is believed that this is the reason that children crave so much sugar. They prefer more intense amounts of salt and sugar than adults.
7. Coconut water can be used as blood plasma during transfusions.

Coconut milk, BA, Brazil

Coconut milk, BA, Brazil

8. The meat in one fast food burger could come from as many as 100 cows.

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9. All fruit loops taste the same, regardless of color.

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10. Cucumber is one of the most hydrating foods. They contain 95% water.

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11. The most expensive fruit is the Japanese Yubari melon.

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Two melons once sold at auction for $23,500.
12. Apples, plums and pears are all a part of the rose family

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13. Pringles once filed a lawsuit trying to prove that they weren’t really chips to avoid being taxed in the U.K.

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They lost.
14. Shellac is what makes jelly beans shiny.

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It’s made from the excretions of the Kerria Iacca insect, which is native to the forests of Thailand.
15. McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of the day.

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16. Tea bags were created by accident

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They were initially used to send samples.
17. Spam is short for “spiced ham.”

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18. Ketchup was once used as medicine.

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Due to its high concentration of Vitamin C, it can be used to prevent a cold.
H/T: Buzzfeed

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