We seem to know everything or almost everything about what we eat, especially if we read labels carefully. But is that really so?
10. GM food cultivation is allowed in most countries of the world. In the most countries of the world, genetically modified plants are grown without any restrictions. Nowadays there is no convincing evidence of the harm of such crops compared to unmodified ones. The most common GM foods are soy, corn, cotton, rapeseed and sugar beet.
9. Fortune cookies were not created in China. These lovely cookies are traditionally associated with Chinese cuisine, but this is nothing more than a myth, and in China you will hardly find it. In fact, fortune cookies were created in San Francisco by the Americans of Japanese (not Chinese) origin.
8. Fake wasabi. Real wasabi can be found only in Japan, where it is grown in special conditions: in flowing water at a temperature of 10-17 °C. The roots of wasabi are in the can in the age of 3-4 years and cost more than 200 Euro per 1 kg. Therefore, outside of Japan fake wasabi is often used. It is based on horseradish, spices and food coloring.
Food coloring carmine, also known as E120, is used to give products a red color. But not everyone knows that it is obtained from carmine acid produced by females of cochineals.
7. Ketchup can be made not from tomatoes. Despite the fact that tomatoes are not so expensive (unlike wasabi for example), they are also sometimes replaced by cheaper ingredients, including applesauce, thickeners, dyes and other additives. To recognize the fake you could with help of color – it should be red or dark red, as well as consistency: real ketchup should not be too liquid.
6. What for holes in the cracker are? Holes on the surface of the cracker is done not for decorative purposes, but in order to release excess air from the dough. Otherwise, the cookies will not come out thin and crispy. By the way, in the very first crackers, which began to produce in the United States, holes were made by hand in the amount of 13 pieces — the number of states that were part of the United State at that time.
5. The calorific value indicated on the package may be inaccurate. The fact is that the methods of counting calories in products are outdated and do not take into account factors such as fiber content or features of digestion of a product. For example, scientists have found that whole almonds are 20% less calories than was previously thought, and pistachios — 5 %.
4. Some products may soon disappear. Unfortunately, due to global warming and other factors, some types of products are threatened with extinction. Among them are:
3. The composition of chewing sweets includes the same wax, which is used for polishing cars.
In addition to gelatin, food dyes and other components, the composition of chewing candies also includes carnauba wax, which is obtained from the leaves of the palm tree. Exactly the same wax is used for polishing cars, furniture, as well as in the cosmetic industry.
2. The size of broiler chickens are greatly increased. Over the last 60 years, chickens are very “grown up”, especially increased their individual pieces — thighs and breasts. It is widely assumed that the reason for such changes is the hormones. But according to the manufacturers, it’s not about “prohibited drugs”, but in improved content, proper nutrition, care and timely vaccination of chickens.
1. The most expensive pizza in the world. The pizza toppings include truffles, caviar, English Stilton cheese with blue mold, as well as thin 24-carat edible gold leaves. It’s not entirely clear whether the taste of this pizza is worth the money spent, but if you have an extra $ 2,700, you can try this dish at the Industry Kitchen restaurant in New York.