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I FOUND TODAY FOOD FACTS TodaylFound Out Carrots USed to Be Purple Before the 17th Century The modern day orange carrot wasn't cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the purple carrot, including yellow and white carrots, and gradually developed them into the sweet, plump, orange variety we have today. Before this, pretty much all carrots were purple with mutated versions occasionally popping up including these yellow and white carrots, among others. These, however, were rarely cultivated due to typically being very thin and not very good tasting. Flippin awèsome why Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle and Pop! Rice Krispies, also known as "Rice Bubbles" in some countries, are created by preparing rice in sUch a way that it will "pop" like popcorn during the cooking process, albeit much less dramatically. This popping puffs up the kernels. When the rice is finished cooking, most of the Rice Krispies will have thin, solid walls with hollow, sealed areas inside where air pockets have formed. When cold milk is added, the sudden temperature shift causes the walls of these air pocket regions of the Rice Krispies to fracture suddenly, making a snap/crackle/pop type noise. The Color of the Twist Tie on Bread Packaging Means Something The color signifies what day of the week the bread was baked on. The practice of using these color codes is not meant necessarily to be used by the customer, but actually is to aid the person stocking the shelves with bread in determining what bread is old and needs removed from the shelves. This way, they don't actually have to look closely the tabs (which usually also show a "sell by" date); they can simply just look for ones of a specific color and remove those. Each manufacturer maintains their own color code scheme, but this is usually easily discoverable on the web, by asking a bread stocker at the store, or by Simply emailing The manufacturer of your favorite bread. Why Carbonated Beverages are Called "Soft Drinks" "Soft Drink" classically referred to nearly all beverages that did not contain significant amounts of alcohol (hard drinks). The term "soft drink" is now typically used nearly exclusively for flavored carbonated beverages thanks to advertising. Flavored carbonated beverage makers were having a hard time creating national advertisements due to the fact that what one calls their product varies from region to region (soda, pop, fizzy drinks, coke, minerals, etc). In order to get around this problem, for national or international advertising campaigns, these manufacturers agreed on using the term "soft drink". Twinkies Actually Expire Fairly Quickly When Twinkies were originally introduced, the shelf life was only two days, thanks to the dairy products they contained. By substituting various chemicals for the dairy ingredients and by putting the Twinkie in an air tight plastic wrap to keep the cake from going stale, they managed to push the shelf life up to 25 days, which is what it is to this day. more than 1000 Twinkies per minute or a little over 500 million per year. The cakes are each baked for 12 minutes; injected with cream; flipped over so the round bottom is now the top; then packaged for shipping. Hostess now churns Why a Baker'S Dozen is 13 Instead of 12 This has its origins in the fact that many societies throughout history have had extremely strict laws concerning baker's wares. For example, in Ancient Egypt, should a baker be found to cheat someone, they would have their ear nailed to the door of their bakery. In Babylon, if a baker was found to have sold a "light loaf" to someone, the baker would have his hand chopped off. Similarly harsh measures could be historically found throughout Europe. As it wasn't that hard to accidentally cheat a customer, given the exacting attributes required of the end product, bakers began giving more than what the statute outlined to make sure they went over and never under. Specifically, in terms of the "baker's dozen", in England, after the Assize of Bread and Ale statute was enacted in the 13th century, it became common practice that if a vendor or other customer were to order a dozen or several dozen loaves of bread from a baker, the baker would give them 13 for every dozen they ordered. Likewise, when selling any quantity, they'd give 13 measures when only 12 were purchased. This effectively made sure that the baker would never accidentally break the law and be subject to severe punishments. The Color Orange was Named After the Fruit The word orange itself was introduced to English through the Spanish word "naran ja", which came from the Sanskrit word nāranga, which literally means "orange tree". The English dropped the leading "n" and eventually we got the word "orange". It was around the early 16th century that the word orange gradually started being used to not only refer to the fruit, but also what we now know of as the color orange. Before "orange", the English speaking world referred to the orange color as "geoluhread", which literally translates to "yellow-red". why Garlic Makes Your Breath Smell Bad Initially, most of the bad breath resulting from eating garlic comes directly from the sulfuric compounds introduced into your mouth. Not only that, but garlic actually promotes the growth of some of the microbes in your mouth that already cause bad breath, which further exacerbates the problem. However, the problem will continue even after cleaning your mouth, due to the fact that some of these sulfuric compounds get metabolized, eventually making their way into your blood stream. These compounds, particularly allyl methyl sulfide, eventually get exuded through your pores and passed into the air that fills your lungs, making your breath stink even if you cleaned your mouth. |Why asparagus makes pee smell The smell comes from the way certain chemical compounds in asparagus break down inside people's bodies, which is why they don't smell badly when you're preparing them. As to this specific resulting chemical compound that ends up causing the smell, since 1891 it was thought to be caused from methanethiol, which is a colorless gas that smells a bit like rotting cabbage. However, research done in 1975 using a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry concluded that it was actually from the s-methyl thioesters: s-methyl thioacrylate and s-methyl thiopropionate. Thioesters, like methanethiol, are primarily sulfur based except being formed from sulfur bonding with an acyl group. So, essentially, as with the garlic, a type of sulfuric compound is the culprit. The word for dinner used to mean breakfast In fact, the English word "dinner" comes from the French word "disnar", which means "breakfast". Traditionally, dinner (meaning 'breakfast') was the first meal of the day, eaten around noon. It also happened to be the biggest meal of the day, with a lighter meal coming later known as supper. Eventually, more meals started being added to the day with people eating meals before the large noon meal of dinner. Rather than calling these earlier meals that broke the fast by the word that means breakfast (dinner), the name "dinner" largest meal of the day. As time has passed, in most cultures that use these words to describe their meals, the largest meal of the day gradually got moved later and later in the day until its meal time was around the time we used to have supper (which used to be a light meal). stuck as meaning the Designed by Noreen ( © OUT...

Cool Food Facts

shared by maggie on May 16
Eating food is a daily activity for most living things. Eating lunch with coworkers or sitting down at the dinner table bring people together through food. But have you ever wondered about what you're...


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