10 Fascinating Food Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

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Archaeologists have discovered pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible. Due to its low moisture content and acidic pH, honey has an extremely long shelf life.

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Honey never spoils

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Apples contain natural sugars, fiber, and a mix of vitamins that provide a slow and steady release of energy, making them a great alternative to a morning cup of coffee.

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Apples can wake you up better than coffee

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Cashews are not actually nuts but rather seeds that grow outside a cashew apple, which is a fruit native to Brazil. The cashew nut is the kernel inside the seed.

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Cashews come from a fruit

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Before the 17th century, carrots were predominantly purple or yellow. It wasn't until Dutch farmers selectively bred orange carrots to honor the Dutch royal family that the orange variety became widespread.

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Carrots were originally purple

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In the 18th century, Europeans believed that tomatoes were toxic because they belong to the nightshade family. It wasn't until the 19th century that they gained popularity as a food.

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Tomatoes were once considered poisonous

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In ancient Mesoamerica, cacao beans were used as a form of currency. They were so valuable that they were even counterfeited using other seeds.

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Chocolate was used as currency

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Botanically speaking, bananas are classified as berries because they develop from a single flower with one ovary. On the other hand, strawberries are not considered true berries because they come from multiple ovaries.

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Bananas are berries, but strawberries are not

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Despite their heat, chili peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which can actually alleviate pain. Capsaicin is often used in topical creams and patches for muscle and joint pain relief.

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Chili peppers can relieve pain

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Pineapples can tenderize meat: Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that breaks down proteins. This enzyme makes pineapples a natural meat tenderizer and is used in some marinades.

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Pineapples can tenderize meat

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Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee, is made from coffee beans that have been eaten, partially digested, and excreted by a civet cat-like animal. The unique fermentation process supposedly enhances the flavor, making it one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

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The world's most expensive coffee comes from animal droppings

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