Chocolate was first seen in bar form around 1910. Dark chocolate is made from the roasted beans of the cacao tree and has many health benefits. From improving bad cholesterol to lowering blood pressure, helping to reduce stress and improving vision, it’s definitely worth eating a square or two a day. A study by Harvard also found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day prevented memory decline. Drink up!
As sweet as nectar
Did you know that the word ‘nectarine’ means sweet like nectar and this is most likely the origin of the name. Studies have suggested that nectarines, like peaches originated in China over 2,000 years ago and were introduced to England in the late 16th or early 17th centuries.
Nutritionally, nectarines are a high source of Vitamin C and A and are abundant in antioxidants. They aid in weight loss, help regulate blood pressure levels and overall good health. They also help improve immunity and heart health.
Raspberries are a member of the rose family
As are cherries, apricots, plums, pears, apples, quinces, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries. These types of fruits typically have flowers with five equal petals arranged around a central core. Unlike many other fruits, once picked, unripe raspberries do not ripen.
Broccoli contains more protein than steak
Former President George W Bush may have once famously proclaimed: “I’m president of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli,” but don’t listen to him! Besides the usual nutrition one gets from eating their greens, broccoli has a great deal of protein. Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than steak. And it doesn’t come with all those saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, so you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease with this healthy food.
Apples give you more energy than coffee
The coffee snobs may not don’t want to believe it, but it’s true. If you’re ever a little low on energy during the afternoon, then consider munching into an apple instead of buying a cup of coffee. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, fiber, vitamin C and mineral content, eating apples are the perfect (and healthy) option to help you stay energized all day.The world’s most hated vegetable is one of the best for you
Brussels sprouts may be the most hated vegetable, but it’s among the most nutritious veggies out there. It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals, has virtually no calories, no fat, no cholesterol, and it fills you up!
Pecans are rich with antioxidants
Here are more fun food facts you might find interesting about pecans. We don’t know anyone who eat pecans on a regular basis, but did you know that they are one of the most antioxidant rich nuts out there? Eat up!
Pistachios are actually fruits
Another unbelievable-but-true random fact! They are actually the seeds of a fruit (the outer fruit is removed during processing). Like other ‘nuts’, pistachios are a rich source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, which can help people with weight management, protect against diabetes and hypertension and improve digestion. The omega-3 fatty acids present in pistachios can help lower your blood pressure and may also reduce your risk of heart disease.
Caesar salad originated from a Mexican city
Bet you didn’t know this. We sure didn’t! The Caesar salad started in a Mexican city called Tijuana. Restaurateur Chef Caesar Cardini was hosting a 4th of July celebration. He ran out of food, and simply threw the ingredients he had lying around the kitchen into a unique salad. Obviously, it was a huge success.
Another weird and fun fact we bet you didn’t know, but the Caesar dressing is actually supposed to be a vinaigrette. It is made by combining minced garlic and anchovies into a bowl, which is than mixed with raw egg. Olive oil is progressively added to the mixture and the remaining ingredients (lime juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard) are added in. The resulting hue of the dressing should be yellow, not the fake white version you commonly find in supermarkets.
Avocados are fruit
Avocados are classified as a berry with a large seed. Avocados must be picked when matured in order to ripen, which can take between 1-2 weeks. In Spain and Mexico, avocados are called “alligator pears” due to their shape and bumpy, green skin, while in India and China, they are referred to as “butter pears”. This healthy food is good for you too! They're a great source of vitamin C, E, K, and B-6.
We’re not talking about the unsolicited emails you get, but that mysterious meat in a can. Ever wondered what it means? It’s short for ‘Spiced Ham’
It’s not clear where the hot dog originated from. Some say it was invented in the Austrian city of Vienna by two Austro-Hungarian immigrants who took the recipe with them when they left for Chicago. Others say that it originated from Frankfurt, Germany, while another state that a butcher from Coburg, Germany, invented the hot dog in the late 1600s.
In any case, Americans eat approximately 20 million hot dogs a year, especially during baseball games. About 18.5 million hot dogs were consumed during the 2015 Major League Baseball season!
Drinking enough water every day can help you lose weight, helps reduce heart disease and cancer and helps flush toxins out of your body. Keeping your body hydrated can also help reduce cavities and tooth decay. At work, ensure you drink enough water as it will help you stay focused and concentrate on mental tasks.
Peanut butter is good for you
Studies have shown that eating peanut butter can help lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss and prevent type 2 diabetes. Bet you didn't know this either, but peanut butter glows in the dark after it's exposed to intense light!
Peanut butter can also be made to make diamonds! How, you ask? Well, simply put, you must recreate the conditions of the lower mantle or Earth for weeks to create a 2-3mm wide diamond. So that’s only about 2,2000 degrees Celsius… On second thought, it may not be a great new business venture, but it’s still an interesting fact.
Love jelly beans? Here are some random but fun food facts about jelly beans. Did you know it can take 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean? There are approximately 130 calories and about 37 grams of sugar in 35 jelly beans and Very Cherry was the most popular flavour for two decades until 1998, when Buttered Popcorn became the most popular flavour.
The many uses of cucumbers
If your bathroom mirrors fog up all the time after a hot shower, rub a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the mist and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. If you’ve written something in pen and made a mistake, the outside waxy coating of the cucumber can also be used to erase pen writing! Fun fact: did you know that cucumbers are 96% water?
Bananas are berries... and strawberries aren't!
Bananas are actually classified as berries, while strawberries are members of the rose family.
Here are some seriously cool facts about bananas!
- Bananas can float in water
- Bananas can help improve your mood and lower blood pressure
- Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite can help keep it from itching
- Humans share about 50% of their DNA with bananas!
The stickers on fruit are… edible!
The stickers that are placed on our favourite fruit are actually fine to eat. Now you don’t have to freak out when you accidentally take a chomp of one!
Although, just because they are ok to eat, doesn’t mean you should eat them.
The story of the sandwich
This lunch time classic is said to have been invented by the Earl of Sandwich. An avid gambler, John Montagu was on a 24-hour streak and did not want to leave his table. He wanted to eat without having to put his cards down… thus the sandwich was born!
One small step for man, one giant leap for…. sandwiches?
Another fun fact about sandwiches is that one has been smuggled into space!
Astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich onto his spacecraft for a six-hour mission. The sandwich didn’t go too well in zero gravity conditions and could have actually had grave consequences. Floating crumbs or debris could have caused serious damage to the shuttle, but luckily they returned unharmed. NASA have since taken steps to ensure no sandwich goes into space again.
Green, yellow and red capsicums are not the same vegetable
The different coloured capsicums are not always from the same plant. Although some green capsicums are just unripe red capsicums, the yellow, orange and even red capsicums are all unique plants with their own seeds.
Got any other fun, interesting or just plain weird and random food facts? Share them with us!
There are so many health benefits to fresh fruit and vegetables and if you're interested in office fruit delivery or office lunch catering for your staff, speak to the corporate catering gurus at EatFirst today! Our best in class corporate caterers offer a wide range of healthy menu options.