Unusual food facts

Peanuts

Peanuts are used to make dynamite.

Grape Juice

Grape juice contains acetaldehyde (a close chemical relative of formaldehyde, a poisonous embalming liquid), ethyl acetate (used as a varnish solvent), acetone (used in nail polish remover), acetic acid (vinegar), and some chemicals called hexenals, which impart freshly cut grass its characteristic smell.

Whiskey

Chemists have discovered more than 300 substances that give a special taste to Scotch whiskey.

Woodpecker

In ancient Rome, eating woodpecker meat was considered sinful.

Cola

500 ml of regular cola contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Seeds

The nutritional value of squash and pumpkin seeds increases with age. These seeds are among those foods that become more nutritious as they decompose. Zucchini and pumpkin seeds stored for more than five months have increased protein content, according to studies at the Massachusetts Experimental Station.

Sugar

Refined sugar is the only known food that contains no nutrients other than calories.

Chips

On average, a kilogram of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a kilogram of potatoes.

Salt

Humans use only 5 percent of the salt they produce each year. The rest is used for such varied purposes as curing meat, paving roads, making livestock feed, tanning leather, and making glass, soap, ash and detergents.

Abomasum

The rennet, a common substance used for curdling milk and making cheese, is obtained in the fourth stomach of calves.

Termites

In many tribes in South Africa, termites are fried to a nutty state and eaten in handfuls as a snack. It is also worth noting that in some specialty grocery stores in the US and Europe, the connoisseur of exotic delicacies can purchase treats such as chocolate ants, candied bees, and pickled bovine scrotum.

Apples

Apples help you wake up in the morning better than a cup of coffee.

Source: DIETA.RU - November 2007