Food Factoids – v1.

Posted: November 12, 2013 in NERDSTEAK - Brain Food
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ID-10057665Rapid fire food factoids…AAANNNDDD…GO!

  • The Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend is the current world record holder for hottest chile with over 2million SHUs.
  • It is recommended that honey should not be fed to infants, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems due to the honey naturally containing botulism spores.
  • The myth of a McDonald’s hamburger lasting 12 years due to chemicals in the meat is false.  With little moisture, small size, and topical seasonings, the burger dehydrates before it can spoil almost preserving it like jerky.
  • The optimal doneness for a steak is medium-rare.  This allows most of the marbled fat to render and provide and juicy and flavorful steak.  Too rare, and you will have unrendered fat which will not provide optimal taste…too well and you will have excess fat and moisture loss.
  • The juice that comes from steak is nat actually blood.  It is called myoglobin, and is only found in the bloodstream during injury.  It normally resides in muscle tissue, which is the part we commonly eat.
  • It does not matter if you use Crisco, margarine, butter, lard, canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, or palm oil…they all contain 9cal/gram of fat.  There are other positive and negative health concerns associated with each, but they still supply the same amount of calories.
  • 80% of the world’s nations eat bugs as a form of food.
  • Heavy mayonnaise weighs less than regular mayonnaise.
  • One of the main flavoring agents in Worcestershire sauce is anchovies.
  • Taste, texture, and apparence actually have little do to with the flavor of food compared to its odor.
  • There are more Subway restaurants on the planet than there are McDonald’s.
  • There is only one McDonald’s in the world that does not have golden arches. it resides in Arizona, and is turquoise so it does’t clash with the natural red rock formations.
  • Durring emergencies, coconut water can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
  • Alaskans eat more ice cream per capita than any other state.
  • Cotton candy only costs about $0.06 to make, making it one of the most profitable snacks at any state fair.
  • Bubblegum will melt at 125°F.
  • It is estimated that 40% of all bottled water is actually standard tap water with no additional treatment.

Add to the list!

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Thanks for the bit about Worcestershire sauce… Not! I could have lived a happier life not knowing that. 😉

    • But anchovies are absolutely delicious. One of my chef instructors in culinary school told me that if his customers had any idea how many dishes he added anchovies to, they would probably stop eating at his restaurant.

      • bgddyjim says:

        You make my point. What I don’t know won’t nauseate me! 😀

        I ran a gourmet pizza joint when I was a lot younger – the smell of anchovies through the kitchen was just nasty.

      • The anchovies that are used for pizza are only one of many types of anchovy. I too worked at a pizza place and those anchovies were foul, and certainly do not belong on pizza. However, that same style of anchovy can serve a wonderful purpose when used otherwise. Before you reject all anchovies as disgusting, though, I urge you to try Spanish white anchovies, or Bocarones, which you are sure to find at your local tapas bar. They taste and smell NOTHING like the crappy, low quality anchovies you experienced at the pizza place, and are actually insanely delicious. Remember, context is important. If you take anchovies, and mix them into mayonnaise, with some capers and some french herbs, you have the classic French remoulade sauce, which you probably have tried. It is undeniably delicious.

  2. I’ve got one in response to the cooking oil trivia. While they may all contain the same amount of fat, the fats that are healthier for you reside in butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Mustard oil and lard are coming up right behind, and grape is fairly high up there. Crisco, margarine, and any other hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils are really bad for you, and contain almost no nutritional value on top of it.

    Another point on the same topic is that the studies conducted in the 50s that said saturated fats are bad for you that scared people off butter, coconut oil and lard (fears that still persist in many people to this day), were funded by the margarine industry and were intentionally biased to help them sell more margarine.

    “Fiji” brand water is a deplorable product because they are taking all of the potable water from the citizens of Fiji and shipping it to yuppies in the US, causing there to be extreme shortages of drinkable water for native Fijians. This is a major crisis there.

    Similarly, since quinoa has become trendy up here, and it is an extremely major staple food in Bolivia, it has become nearly impossible for Bolivians to be able to afford to buy quinoa. That is like if Mexicans suddenly couldn’t eat corn, because they couldn’t afford it, because it was all being shipped to Spain instead of any staying at home. It’s a tragedy.

    *Steps off soap box*

    I’m sure I have some other weird, obscure food facts buried in my head, but they’re not coming to me right now.

    • balanceDjess says:

      I just want to like this. *LIKE!*
      (and I actually bought Fiji water while I was in New York last year. Really liked the bottle itself. But now I feel guilty 😉 )

      • I have been guilty of buying Fiji water in the past, before I was aware of it’s impact on Fijians. Now, I carry around a water bottle and drink tap. I’ve also decided to abstain from eating quinoa.

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  4. Ngan R. says:

    Interesting facts!

  5. gaydtla says:

    The arches in Arizona are in lovely Sedona/Village of Oak Creek. They’re an odd sort of pastel green colour.

  6. Anneli says:

    Thanks for the fun information! I just shared some of them with my husband. Very interesting about the coconut water.

  7. balanceDjess says:

    Lol funny factoids! But have some comments:

    -“It does not matter if you use Crisco, margarine, butter, lard, canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, or palm oil…they all contain 9cal/gram of fat. There are other positive and negative health concerns associated with each, but they still supply the same amount of calories.”
    Yes, ‘There are other positive and negative health concerns associated with each’ -It’s why it’s not the same. Calories and fats arent bad. It’s the structure of molecules that make it healthy/unhealthy, making you fat or keeping you ‘lean’. Like fatty avocado’s and (unsalted) cashew nutty contain good fats and white chocolate and crisps contain ‘bad’ fats. Well, you know that.

    -“80% of the world’s nations eat bugs as a form of food”. No matter what people tell me… I personally believe SHRIMPS are bugs too. Crabs and Lobsters are like.. giant water roaches. In my opinion we’re bug-eaters too. Hypocrite bug-eaters ;).

    -Mac Donald’s and Golden Arches? Never seen them here in Holland. I will look for them closely, from now on.. while driving by.. (not ‘driving in’). You sure thats not an American MacCommercial thing, those “worldwide golden arches”?

    -Thanks for the steak facts. Boy I love mine ‘myoglobiny’ (bloody), medium-rare/rare. No sauce, just black pepper. Ohmy, youve got me hungry now..

    • Ford On Food says:

      Where I live there are so many flies that you only have to yawn too long and you’ll end up swallowing 2 dozen flies.

      I totally agree, prawns, crabs and lobsters are the cockroach bottom feeders of the ocean. And oysters are like a natural sewage treatment plant, but I still like eating them. Ironically, here in Queensland, Australia (where I live) we actually have a shellfish called Moreton Bay Bug.

  8. Ford On Food says:

    I like these sorts of Trivia, I haven’t heard many of the factoids you wrote about – thanks. Here is a newspaper article I once wrote called ’10 Useless Food Facts’.

    (1) It has been widely documented that celery has negative calories. Apparently your body burns up more calories during the physical act of eating it, than the celery actually contains (but I find this hard to believe).
    (2) If you drop a raisin into a glass of champagne, it continuously sinks to the bottom then floats to the top. I know this because I’ve seen it on YouTube. Yes, I spend my free time in front of a computer watching raisins floating in champagne.
    (3) Besides oil, coffee is the most traded commodity in the world. And, it’s the most consumed beverage in most Western cultures (even more than beer), believe it, or not.
    (4) Its understood that honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. Jars of honey have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Although it had crystallised, it was still technically edible.
    (5) Pineapples are technically a berry, bananas grow on the world’s largest herb and pumpkins, cucumbers, eggplants, and squashes are all classified as fruits.
    (6) Capers are pickled, unopened flower bud from the caper bush. If you get a chance, try to open out the petals and you’ll see the stamen, stigma and pistil. I have found they also open up if you deep fry them, but the deep fryer spits like a biatch.
    (7) Strawberries are the only agricultural fruit that has its seeds on the outside.
    (8) Milk is not a beverage; it is generally considered a food.
    (9) During the siege of Paris in the 19th century, a zoo was forced to sell its animals as it could not afford to feed them. Because fresh meat was rationed, a number of restaurants bought the zoo animals to cook up for their menus. Some of the dishes prepared were: Elephant Soup, Roast Camel, Bear Chops and Haunch of Wolf. Yum, the haunch of a wolf is my favourite part.
    (10) Peanuts have many uses, including explosives. From peanuts you get peanut oil, from peanut oil you get glycerol, from glycerol you get nitro-glycerine, from nitro-glycerine you get dynamite. However, I’ve never actually tried it myself.

  9. Reblogged this on The Snazzy Blog and commented:
    Some interesting facts for sure! A definite reblog.

  10. iente9ar says:

    I love cotton candy ❤

  11. ecozee says:

    the macdonalds in oxford, england had white arches when it opened and the facade was natural stone so it would blend in with the other beautiful buildings, it’s probably changed now though!

  12. ecozee says:

    Hmm, I see that it now has golden arches, the planners dropped their guard!

  13. All these facts are very helpful! Thanks!

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