Do You Know Nutrition: Fun facts about food

By Phylis Canion
May 15, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

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Did you know. Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7 in 1962?

Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than the Swedes, Danes, French and Italians.

A honey bee must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, Ill., in 1875.

Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in 1889, was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially.

Mushrooms have no chlorophyll, so they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive.

Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).

Sweet bread is neither sweet nor bread. It is a dish made up of the pancreas or the thymus gland of a calf or lamb.

Vanilla is the extract of fermented and dried pods of several species of orchids.

An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell.

Spam stands for shoulder, pork and ham.

The first breakfast cereal ever produced was Shredded Wheat.

The first product to have a bar code on it was Wrigley's gum.

There are more nutrients in the cornflake package than there are in the cornflakes themselves.

Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

Food can only be tasted if mixed with saliva.

During your lifetime, you will eat about 60,000 pounds of food, which is about the weight of six elephants.

Coffee beans are not beans, but fruit pits. Avocados are poisonous to birds.

All coffee is grown within 1,000 miles of the equator. The powder on chewing gum is finely ground marble.

Rats destroy an estimated one-third of the world's food supply each year.

The can opener was invented 48 years after canned food was introduced.

And now you know a little more food trivia.

Thought for the Week: Take a moment to honor those wounded heroes serving in our armed forces, as they travel through Victoria Friday afternoon on their way to Port O'Connor for a weekend of healing hosted by Warrior's Weekend.

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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