10 Interesting Facts About Junk Food

TODAY I FOUND OUT... 10 Intereshng Junk Food Facts WHAT THE M's STAND FOR IN M&Ms In 1941, Forrest Mars Sr., of the Mars candy company, struck a deal with Bruce Murrie, son of famed Hershey president William Murrie, to develop a hard shelled candy with chocolate at the center. Mars needed Hershey's chocolate because there would be a chocolate shortage resulting from WWII, which turned out to be correct. As such, the deal gave Murrie a 20% stake in the newly developed M&M; this stake was later bought out by Mars when chocolate rationing ended at the end of the war but the name remained M&Ms for "Mars & Murrie". anticipated PRINGLES AREN'T ACTUALLY POTATO CHIPS Despite this, they were originally called "Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips". However, due to the fact that they only contain about 42% potato based content, with most of the rest being from wheat starch and various types of flour, including from corn and rice, the US Food and Drug Administration made them change the name because their product didn't technically meet the definition of a potato chip. Further, they were only allowed to use the word "chip" in very restrictive ways. resulted in them changing the name to include "potato crisps", rather than "chips". enough, changing it to "crisps" ultimately got them into the same type of trouble in the United Kingdom. Pringles This Funny THE SNICKERS CANDY BAR WAS NAMED AFTER A HORSE SNICKERS Specifically, it was named after one of the favorite horses of Frank Mars, who created the Snickers candy bar and founded Mars, Inc. The idea for the Snickers bar came from an already existing snack that was made up of nougat, peanut, and caramel. chocolate, put it in candy bar form, and started selling it wholesale. The Snickers bar quickly rose to being the world's most popular candy bar and has sustained that to this day. Annual sales of Snickers bars total around two Frank Mars added billion dollars with about 15 million Snickers bars produced every day, using about l00 tons of peanuts. WHY Pop RoCKs POp Pop Rocks are made primarily of sugar, corn syrup, water, and artificial flavoring. They heat the ingredients together, bringing the mixture to boil and keeping the solution boiling until the moisture level descends suitably so that a thick syrupy substance remains. Next, they expose the hot mix to carbon dioxide at about 600 pounds per square inch worth of pressure. This ends up forming very small bubbles of carbon dioxide within the mix. The substance is Ahen cooled and subsequently hardens. Once the hard candy is formed, the pressure is released.This causes the candy. to shatter, leaving small nuggets of hard candy that have highly pressurized bubbles with them. When these nuggets come in contact with the saliva in your mouth, this quickly dissolves the thin barriers in the nuggets containing the pressurized carbon dioxide. This results in the bubbles bursting fairly dramatically, releasing the trapped carbon dioxide, often with sufficient force to cause the nuggets to pop and jump in your mouth. How MANY LICKS IT TAKES TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP Obviously this depends on a variety of factors such as the size of the person's tongue; whether they concentrate the licking on just one side; how hard they press with their tongue; amount of saliva; etc. In any event, many researchers have attempted to tackle this problem with the results tending to indicate that it takes an adult about 250 licks to get to the center, if concentrating on one side only, or about twice that amount, when licking both Sides evenly. MR. GOODBAR WAS ORIGINALLY SOLD me Goodbar Goodbar MERSHEYS UNDER A FICTITIOUS COMPANY BRAND NAME HERSHEYS In the 1920's, William Murrie, who later became the president of Hershey, tried to convince mr.Goodbar Hershey that they should produce a chocolate bar with peanuts. Hershey didn't like the idea, but let him go ahead as long as the bar wasn't under the Hershey brand name. Thus, in 1925, mr Goodbar the “Chocolate Sales Corporation", a fictitious company Murrie came up with, debuted the "Mr. Goodbar", which ended up being wildly CERSHETS GERSHEYS me Goodbar CERSHEYS GERSHEYS me Goodbar SUccessful. THE SAME GUY INVENTED TANG, CoOL WHIP, POP ROCKS, QUICK-SETTING JELL-O, POWDERED EGG WHITES AND A POPULAR TAPIOCA SUBSTITUTE, AMONG OTHER THINGS The man was Chemist and playuwright William A. Mitchell who lived from 1911 to 2004. Mitchell worked for General Foods for 35 years and produced many extremely popular products. Over his whole life, Mitchell received over 70 patents, including the above. The first major product he invented was a Tapioca substitute that was developed to get around the cassava shortage thanks to WWII, which is why Tapioca is sometimes called "Mitchell's Mud". Mitchell thought up Pop Rocks for a play he wrote about a boy who eats magical popping rocks. In the play, every time the boy eats one of the rocks, he's teleported to another world. Later, when Mitchell was working for General Foods, he was attempting to come up With a way to make "instant" carbonated drink and accidentally invented Pop Rocks in the process, which he named Pop Rocks, referencing his play. Cet Vk, TANG WAS NOT INVENTED FOR THE SPACE PROGRAM As you might have guessed from the fact that Mitchell worked for General Foods and not NASA, the sugar-based powder that makes Tang was not invented for the space program. Mitchell invented it in 1957 and through General Foods introduced it to the public in powder form in 1959, but it wasn't popular. Eventually, NASA decided to use it in 1962 during John Glenn's Mercury flight and later in 1965 for the Gemini program; in both instances, the Tang was used to improve the poor taste of the water from the life support system. Particularly the usage in the Gemini program took the previously unpopular drink mix and made it a hit. With most people being introduced to Tang for the first time through the space TANG program, this lead to the misconception that it was invented for that program. TOOTSIE ROLLS WERE NAMED AFTER THE DAUGHTER OF THEIR CREATOR The man was Leo Hirshfield. His five year old daughter's nickname was "Tootsie" (her real name was Clara Hirshfield). In creating the Tootsie Roll, Hirshfield was trying to create a chocolate that wouldn't melt easily and eventually came up with the artificial "chocolate" candy, the tootsie roll. This ability to not melt easily and to use artificial ingredients that weren't being rationed during war times proved a huge boon for the company as it eventually began being included in soldier's rations during WWII. The low price of the artificial ingredients also made it a popular treat during the depression, along with the tootsie pop. Today about 64 million tootsie rolls are produced every day along with 20 million tootsie pops. ALL LIFESAVERS SPARK WHEN CHEWED, NOT JUST WNTERGREEN LIFESAVERS In fact, this flash can be observed with just about any hard sugar candy. The flash you see when these hard sugar candies are crunched is caused by triboluminescence, which is somewhat similar to the electrical charge build-up that produces lightning, except on a much smaller scale here. Specifically, triboluminescence occurs when molecules, such as sugar crystals, are crushed, forcing a certain number of electrons out of their atomic fields, often forcing these electrons to jump across gaps in the crystalline structure. This happens when stress is created in the crystals creating an electric field. electrons from the molecules. When these free electrons then bump into, say, nitrogen molecules in the air, they transfer energy to the nitrogen molecules, causing them to vibrate. These nitrogen molecules then emit ultraviolet light, which is outside of the human visual spectrum. There is also, though, some visible light created when the crystal molecules recombine with some of these free electrons, when they jump across the crystalline structure. So then, most all hard sugar candy will emit anywhere from a very faint brief glow in the Visible spectrum, to a relatively bright flash when crunched, depending on what other chemicals are also in the candy for the electrons to react with. These electric fields can rip the outer The reason why Wintergreen Lifesavers flash much brighter is thanks to the fluorescent chemical flavoring, methyl salicylate (oil of Wintergreen). Methyl salicylate is a substance that has the ability to absorb light at shorter wavelengths and then emit light at longer wavelengths, giving off visible light. This is very similar to how fluorescent and neon lights work. ©TODAYIFOUNDOUT.COM DESIGNED BY NOREEN (BUZZFACTORY.NET

10 Interesting Facts About Junk Food

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We have all heard the healthy eating tips about fruits and vegetable consumption, regular exercise and keeping our sugar intake low but what about the fun facts on junk food? Do you know what the 'm'...


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