Do you know nutrition?: Curious, strange facts about food

Nov. 22, 2011 at 5:22 a.m.

Phylis Canion

Phylis Canion

By Phylis Canion

I really enjoy reading your food trivia - any chance you can share some?

Did you know ... the strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue? The coconut is the largest seed in the world? Potato crisps were invented by Mr. Crumm? Your body sheds 10 billion flakes of skin every day? Coca Cola can be used as car oil? A raisin dropped into a glass of champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom to the top of the glass? The spot on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes (he was an albino)? Chocolate can be fatal if given to dogs? It takes more calories to eat a stalk of celery than it has in it to begin with? Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying? Our eyes are the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never quit growing? Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey? Americans, on average, eat 18 acres of pizza every day? There are about two chickens for every human in the world? Butterflies taste with their feet? Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite? The average chocolate bar has eight insect legs melted into it? If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a different type of apple? Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are flowers? The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket? People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond? Pearls melt in vinegar? Georgia's nickname, The Peach State, is a misnomer since California and South Carolina are No. 1 and No. 2 at peach production annually - Georgia is No. 3? Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the concept to his neighbor, Henri Nestle? Three-quarters of fish caught are eaten - the rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer? To make two pounds of honey, bees have to visit four million flowers, traveling a distance equal to four times around the earth? Of the more than 50 billion worth of diet products sold every year, almost twenty billion are spent on imitation fats and sugar substitutes?

And now you know a little more useless information that I love to share.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.



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