It seems that we know everything, or almost everything, about what we eat because we read the labels carefully. But can we say that with certainty?
Be On Ligne has compiled a list of curious facts that will make you change your mind about traditional cuisine.
10. Ketchup can be produced without tomatoes.
Despite the fact that tomatoes are inexpensive (as compared to wasabi, for example), they are quite often replaced by cheaper ingredients, such as applesauce, various thickeners, dyes and other additives. To distinguish a fake ketchup, first look at its color – it must be red or dark red. As for consistency, real ketchup should not be too liquid.
9. Why do crackers have holes in them?
The holes in the crackers are not a decorative touch. They make sure the treats cook properly. Otherwise, they would not be so thin and crisp. By the way, the first crackers produced in the United States had hand-made holes. Their number was 13, which corresponded to the number of states in the country at the time.
8. We eat insects and don’t even know about it.
Dietary pigment carmine, also known as E120, is used to add a red color to food products. But not everyone knows that carmine is produced from carmine acid, generated by some scale insects such as cochineal.
7. Some foods can disappear forever.
Unfortunately, due to global warming and other negative factors, some foods are about to disappear. This includes:
Some types of apples that need colder winters.
Lawyers, because their culture is not profitable. To harvest 1 pound of this fruit, you need 130 gallons of water.
Bananas were affected by an outbreak of fungal diseases and plants began to die quickly.
Honey. In recent years, the number of bee colonies has decreased considerably. The reasons are Asian mites (introduced 30 years ago), pesticides and poor nutrition of bees.
Chocolate. As scientists say, the quality of cocoa beans has deteriorated considerably in recent decades, so harvests have been cut in half.
6.Chewy fruit snacks contain the same wax as automobile waxes.
In addition to gelatin, dyes and other ingredients, fluffy fruit snacks also contain carnauba wax, which is a wax of palm leaves. The same wax is used for automotive waxes, furniture waxes and is even used in the beauty industry.
5. Canola and rapeseed oil are the same product.
The name “canola” actually means Canadian Oil, Low Acid. It differs from ordinary rapeseed oil only in reduced amounts (up to 2%) of erucic acid, which not only negatively affects taste but is also toxic to the heart.
4. The calorie count shown on packs can be inaccurate.
The problem is that the calorie measurement system is already obsolete. For example, it does not take into account how the absorption varies according to the type of food or the person who consumes it. Recently, scientists have discovered that whole almonds have about 20% fewer calories than originally thought, and pistachios have 5% fewer calories.
3.Fortune cookies do not originate in China.
These cute cookies are traditionally considered part of Chinese cuisine. But it’s a myth. You will hardly find them in China. In reality, fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco by Japanese (and not Chinese) Americans
The real wasabi can only be found in Japan, where it is grown under certain conditions: in running water at a temperature of 10-17 ° C. The wasabi roots ripen in 3-4 years and 1 pound costs more $ 100. That’s why they often use imitation wasabi outside of Japan, which consists of horseradish, mustard, starch and green food coloring.
1. Broiler chickens have become much bigger.
In the last 60 years, chickens have become much bigger, especially their chests and paws. Some say that added hormones and steroids are responsible for these changes. However, farmers say that the growth of chickens is not caused by prohibited drugs but by improving modern breeding, better living conditions and regular veterinary surveillance.