Do You Know Nutrition: Weird, amazing facts about food

By Phylis Canion
May 28, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.

I enjoy your food trivia but have not seen any in your articles for some time. Any chance you can share more food facts with your readers?

You know my weakness - food trivia.

Did you know?

That nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

That pound-for-pound hamburgers cost more than the average new car.

That eating lemon makes you live longer.

That broccoli is the food with the best anti-cancer properties.

That Americans eat 12 billion bananas each year.

That the typical banana travels 4,000 miles before it is eaten.

That apples ripen after they are picked, but oranges do not.

That choking on food is the 70th leading cause of death in the U.S.

That a peanut is one of the most concentrated sources of nourishment.

That half of the people in the world will eat rice on any given day.

That 13 boxes of Jell-O are sold every second.

That it takes four tons of grapes to make one ton of raisins.

That coffee is the world's most recognizable smell.•  That a honeybee must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

• That an average adult eats 2,000 pounds of food each year.

• That the vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling.

• That the first meal on the moon eaten by Neil Armstrong was roast turkey.

That you will drink 16,000 gallons of fluid in a lifetime.

That a can of Spam is opened every four seconds somewhere on Earth. • That the Incas measured time by how long it took a potato to cook.

• That over the last 40 years food production actually increased faster than the population.

• That more than 90 percent of the fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere.

•  That three quarters of the fish caught are eaten. The rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer.

That onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infection, soothes burns, tames bee stings and relieves the itch of athletes foot.• That the goji berry has more iron than steak, more vitamin C than oranges and more beta carotene than carrots.

• That white wine gets darker as it ages and red wine gets lighter.

• And finally - Do you know what the oldest recipe is known to man:

Drum roll, please ... Beer.

Thought for the week: Why worry? What is meant for you is always meant to find you.

The next cooking class with Houston Chef Molly Fowler will be June 5 at the Cooking Depot in Cuero.

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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