Now these food facts can keep you entertained, especially for those of you on vacation. Plus, you might find one or two so fascinating that you’ll be pulling them out the next time you’re out for dinner (though I’m not sure if your guests will approve of a couple of them).
1. In Brazil, one of the most popular pizza ingredients is peas. Yes, the little green pea. Well, did you know that those peas pack a pretty powerful punch? (many p’s)
Not only are they a great source of protein, but they also contain vitamin K, manganese, thiamine, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus, and folate. However, their true superpower is that they have a host of powerful antioxidants, including high amounts of a polyphenol called coumestrol; This can reduce the risk of stomach cancer. So don’t just roll those peas around on your plate, dive into them and enjoy their nutritional power.
2: When you buy virgin olive oil, you may not get exactly what you think. Yes, around 70% of the olive oil sold is not really pure. Not that another oil has been added, but the labels make you believe that you are getting ‘virgin’ or the initial pressing and that is the best oil you can get. Now, in fact, that pure oil has a spicy taste and therefore manufacturers prefer to sell you a mild oil without pepper, so it needs to be processed further. Sometimes the oil will include Lampante Virgin Olive Oil which is in fact the lowest grade virgin olive oil and is not really fit for human consumption. In fact, it was originally used as lamp oil, but it apparently takes away that pungent taste.
If you really want the ‘good stuff’ then you must do your homework; as for me, I prefer not to use oil at all, it is still a processed food.
3. Did you notice that store-bought “real” 100% orange juice is flavored 100% artificially so it tastes like oranges? You see to make orange juice at home you just squeeze the oranges right? Well, to do it commercially, you squeeze the oranges, but then you have to remove the oxygen and that’s because you need the liquid to keep for up to a year without spoiling. But now there is no flavor, so they brought back the artificial flavor.
4. Prepare for this if you are from the West. There is an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan that offers ice cream flavored with raw horse meat. I’m not kidding, there are real pieces of horse in this ice cream. And other flavors on offer are beef tongue, octopus, and squid.
5. How is your love for cheese? hopefully you’re vegan and don’t eat it, but you do. this will tickle the back of your throat. Casu Marzu is a cheese found in Sardinia that is intentionally infested with worms. Casu Marzu literally translates to ‘rotten cheese’ and is ranked as the most dangerous cheese in the world.
It is made with sheep’s milk, soaked in brine, smoked and left to ripen in the open air, uncovered, allowing the cheese flies to lay eggs inside. The eggs hatch into thousands of transparent white worms and by feeding on the cheese they produce enzymes that promote fermentation and cause fats that cause the cheese to break down.
The locals will tell you that spicy and creamy cheese is only okay to eat if the worms are still moving because once the worms are dead the cheese is spoiled and spoiled to the point that it is too toxic to consume human. In fact, it has been declared illegal and does not meet EU hygiene standards, ha, I wonder why ????
So there you have the 5 Fascinating Facts About Food – Trust You Enjoyed It.