Foodie Facts

Lately, I’ve been trying to eat a little better and think about what kind of nutrition I have been putting into my body. Sometimes, as college students, we don’t have the time to put into eating well, and just grab whatever is fast. And we all know that what is fast is rarely what is good for you!

Since I’ve been on my kick, I’ve started researching nutrition facts and have come across a lot of interesting information about food. What better way to share some of the facts that I have learned than on my blog about food? I’ve collected a list of the most interesting, fun, or surprising facts about food that I could. Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. Nutritious food costs approximately ten times more than junk food.
  2. Since 2015, throwing away food is illegal in Seattle.
  3. Microwaving food actually does not diminish its nutrients.
  4. High-frequency sounds enhance the sweetness of food, and low-frequency sounds bring out the bitterness.
  5. Eating an early dinner, or just skipping it altogether, may increase the amount of fat a person burns at night.
  6. Eating pasta that has been cooked, cooled, and reheated is significantly healthier than eating it freshly cooked because it turns into “resistant starch,” reducing blood glucose levels by half.
  7. Consuming dairy can cause acne.
  8. Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes.
  9. Eating bananas can help fight depression.
  10. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
  11. There’s an enzyme in pineapple called bromelain that helps to break down proteins, and can also ruin your tastebuds. (That’s why your tongue can feel weird after eating pineapple.)
  12. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is cucumber, which is 96% water.
  13. Drying fruit causes massive nutrient loss, depleting 30%-80% of its vitamin and antioxidant content.
  14. Adding citrus juice to green tea stabilizes its catechin content, boosting the level of antioxidants that survive the digestive system up to 13-fold.
  15. Cinnamon is a potent antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of blood clots, control blood sugar, and improve insulin sensitivity; the latter two help prevent fat gain and diabetes.
  16. Pecans and walnuts have more antioxidants than blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, and currants.
  17. Avocado has the highest protein content of all fruit.
  18. Honey is the only edible food that never goes bad.
  19. Turkey, fish, and cheese have the highest protein-to-calorie ratio.
  20. The average apple contains around 130 calories.
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