Food is fascinating. We eat it without giving it much thought but there are some fascinating stories behind much of what we put in our mouths. For example:
• Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
• Canola oil was originally called rapeseed oil, but rechristened by the Canadian oil industry in 1978 to avoid negative connotations. “Canola” is short for “Canadian oil.”
• Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.
• Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
• An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
• Most wasabi consumed is not real wasabi, but colored horseradish.
• About 70% of olive oil being sold is not actually pure olive oil.
• The softening agent L-cysteine — used in some bread — is made from human hair and duck feathers.
• No matter what color Fruit Loop you eat, they all taste the same.
• When taken in large doses nutmeg works as a hallucinogen.
• McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
(Facts provided by Buzz Feed)