Food lovers forget anything and everything that you know about the culinary realm, so we’re going to serve up a buffet of weird and quirky facts about food. Be forewarned, while some of them will be cute and funny, others may come across as gross or weird.

Weird Food Facts

  • Honey is basically bee vomit, I kid you not. It’s a long and complicated process that involves bees collecting nectar and storing it in their stomach and onto digesting it, at which point they regurgitate it into another bee’s mouth. It’s kind of gross, kind of sweet.
  • The filling in Kit Kats is basically broken Kit Kat bars, Nothing goes to waste.
  • Most wasabi found in the U.S. is actually dyed horseradish. It seems that most Americans can’t tell the difference and being that real wasabi costs about $80/pound, using a cheaper substitute makes a lot of sense.
  • The tasty, creamy filling of Oreos is CREME, not CREAM. It’s actually composed of hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin and vanillin. MMmmmmmm! Extra lard with my cookies please!
  • It’s quite common for mass-produced ice-cream to contain actual seaweed, which acts as a thickening agent.
  • The average burger could contain meat coming from up to a hundred different cows, that’s what happens when you apply mass-production methods to producing mea (as opposed to meat being kosher or halal certified, where the process results in what is said to be a safer, healthier meat).
  • Carrots weren’t initially orange, they tended to be purple or yellow up until the 1500’s.
  • Fruit Loops all taste the same, regardless of what color they are. We were being nice when we didn’t laugh at you after you told us your favorite Fruit Loops flavor was cherry.
  • The most stolen food in the world is cheese. Turns out 4% of all cheese in the world gets stolen. #cheesefacts
  • Processed cheese typically contains less than 51% cheese.
  • Pineapples are the Kamikazes of the fruit kingdom. After a pineapple plant goes through fruiting and produces one pineapple, the plant dies.
  • Honey is the only food with an eternal life. Not only will it never rot, it’ll also last up to 300 years. 
  • Chicken contains 266% more fat than it did 40 years ago. Chicken also contains 33% less proteins than it did previously.It’s thought that these changes are a result of modern day farming methods.
  • Ketchup was created originally as a medicine for indigestion and diarrhea 
  • Ketchup was originally made with mushrooms
  • The US Food and Drug Administration has established an acceptable amount of insects to be allowed in the food we consume. It’s just economically impractical to think we can produce food that is completely insect-free for mainstream consumers.
  • Healthy food can cost up to 10X as much as healthier foods do. Wonder why our nation has an obesity problem, this is a major reason why.
  • Lobster and oysters at one point were considered “poor people” food and usually shot out or fed to servants. It makes some sense when you consider that lobsters were considered “sea insects”
  • The expiration date for bottled water is not for the water but the bottle. Water doesn’t contain proteins or sugars, so it won’t go “off”.
  • Red Skittles contain boiled beetles believe it or not. The red food dye used for them is made from the crushed bodies of Dactylopius coccus, a type of beetle.

In our journey through the  world of culinary curiosities, we’ve uncovered a smorgasbord of weird food facts that remind us just how diverse and peculiar our relationship with food can be. From the surprisingly common theft of cheese to the revelation that honey is essentially bee vomit, these quirks and oddities remind us that food is not just sustenance; it’s a source of endless surprises and intrigue, waiting to be explored and savored one strange fact at a time. So, the next time you enjoy your favorite dish, take a moment to appreciate the hidden stories and peculiarities behind the ingredients that make up our gastronomic world.

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