Important and Fascinating Food Facts

Well, these food facts might amuse you, especially for those of you who are on vacation. Additionally, you may find one or two of these food facts so fascinating to try them at your next dinner (although I’m not sure your guests will approve some of them).

Fact about Peas

Peas are one of the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil. Yes, the little pea. You should know that these peas have a pretty strong punch.

Not only are they an excellent source of protein, but they also consist of vitamin K, thiamine, phosphorus, copper, manganese, folic acid, and vitamin C. Nonetheless, their real superpower is that they have a variety of powerful antioxidants, including large quantities of a polyphenol called coumestrol – this can reduce the risk of stomach cancer.

So don’t just roll these peas on the plate, dive in and enjoy their nutritional power.

Fact about Virgin Olive Oil

When you buy extra virgin olive oil, you may not get exactly what you think. Yes, about 70% of the olive oil sold is not genuinely pure. It’s not like another oil is added, but the labels make you think that you will be “virgin” or the first time you press, and this is the best oil you can get.

This pure oil has a peppery flavour, so producers prefer to sell smooth oil without pepper, so it needs more processing.

Sometimes the oil contains glaring virgin olive oil, which is the lowest quality of virgin olive oil and is genuinely unsuitable for human consumption. It was at first used as lamp oil, but apparently, it takes away that peppery flavour.

Fact about Orange Juice

Did you know that the 100% “real” orange juice purchased in the store is 100% artificially flavoured to taste like oranges?

See, to make orange juice at home, squeeze the oranges, right? Well, to make it commercial, you squeeze the oranges, but then you have to remove the oxygen, and this is because you need the liquid to keep it up to a year without ruining it. 

Fact about Cheese

What is your love of cheese? I hope you’re vegan and don’t eat it – but if you do. It will tickle your throat. Casu Marzu is a Sardinian cheese that is deliberately infected with larvae. Casu Marzu literally means “rotten cheese” and is classified as the most dangerous cheese in the world.

It is made with sheep’s milk, soaked in brine, smoked and left to mature outdoors without the cheese flies being able to lay eggs. Eggs hatch into thousands of transparent white worms and, by feeding the cheese, produce enzymes that promote fermentation and cause fats that break down the cheese.

Locals will let you know that spicy and creamy cheese is only okay if the worms are still moving because as soon as the worms are dead, the cheese has gone bad – to the point where it is human. Eating is too toxic. 

Other Food facts you should know

Apples: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In addition to its nutritional value, there are two things a raw apple can help with. Believe it or not, it can relieve both diarrhoea and constipation. The type of preparation is essential. Cut a quarter of a raw apple and scrape the flesh off the skin, then eat.

Cherries: If you’ve ever suffered from gout, you’ve probably heard of cherries and cherry juice. Eating cherries and drinking juice can help alleviate this painful condition. Other red and blue fruits/berries can also help, although no one can outweigh the benefits of the cherry.

Cranberries: women have been grateful for this North America from birth for centuries. If you are dealing with urinary tract infections, this berry and its juice can help relieve pain and help you get over it faster. However, avoid prepared juices and cranberries that are high in sugar or corn syrup with a high level of fructose.

Oats: You’ve probably heard that the AMA and even the FDA agree that oats can help lower cholesterol, but humble oats can do much more. It can help improve your mood. Putting it in a bath (preferably wrapped in gauze to avoid the need for a plumber) can relieve itchy rashes, including those of chickenpox.

Peppermint: I always have a package with me for various reasons. It can relieve sore throat and help the cough, soothe stomach pain and wake you up. If you have a dry mouth, mint can help accumulate saliva. Tea can relieve nausea, and an enteric-coated oil tablet is sometimes used for intestinal problems such as colitis.

Potatoes: you’ve probably heard of aloe vera to burn, but a raw potato is just as good and maybe even better. Scrape the potato and burn it. The liquid content helps to cool it down, and the potato helps relieve pain.

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