Sink your teeth into some fun facts about food. Even your most reluctant learners will devour these interesting facts.
Basic Facts about Food
Food comprises six basic components: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.
Plants, animals, or fungi can be used as food.
Humans (and other living things) thrive on food. Without food, you would die.
There are many different types of foods.
Fun Facts about Food
1. Strawberries Aren’t Berries
Berries are defined by having outer skin and seeds in the middle (and don’t have a stone or a pit).
Because strawberries have seeds on the outside, they aren’t technically berries.
Tomatoes, grapes, and green peppers are all berries, though!
2. White Chocolate Isn’t Chocolate
Even though it is called chocolate, white chocolate contains no chocolate.
Instead, it is made up of sugar, milk product, cocoa, vanilla, and lecithin.
3. Red 40 (Red Dye) is Made from Bugs
Ground-up beetles are used to make carmine. Carmine is a bright red dye added to food and makeup to make the items brighter red.
It is banned in many countries, but it is still legal in the United States.
4. Broccoli has more Vitamin C than Oranges
Move over, orange juice! Per 100 grams, broccoli contains 89 mg of Vitamin C compared to oranges, which contain 53mg of Vitamin C.
5. Eggs Come in Many Different Colors
The color of an eggshell is determined by the breed of hen that laid the egg. Some breeds lay green, blue, or even speckled eggs!
It is said that the eggshell’s color matches the inside of the hen’s ear!
6. You May Be Eating Saw Dust
Suppose you look at the nutrition label and see “cellulose,” the code word for plant fiber.
Shredded cheese, bagels, packaged cookies, salad dressing, the list goes on and on of what cellulose is added to.
The FDA has approved cellulose, so it is entirely legal to be in your food.
7. American Cheese isn’t from America
The processed cheese that comes in single sheets is often called American Cheese.
Walter Gerber and Fritz Stettler made the first processed cheese in Switzerland.
8. Water Doesn’t Expire
Look at a bottle of water, and you will see an expiration date. If water doesn’t expire, what is the date on the bottle?
The plastic will start leaking chemicals into the water, making it taste less fresh.
Does this still count as part of the fun facts about food?
9. Bees Vomit Nectar and Turn it into Honey
After bees drink nectar, they put it into a little sack called a crop. Then, they regurgitate the nectar from the crop and put it into the honeycombs.
From there, the bees fan their wings to make the moisture evaporate, leaving a concentrated form of the nectar that we call honey.
10. German Chocolate Cake Isnt’ From Germany
What?! The German in the title comes from the baker that invented the cake, Sam German.
This layered chocolate cake filled with pecans and coconut was developed in the United States!
Read More about Food
Weird But True: 300 Bite-size Facts about Incredible Edibles by National Geographic
Another book to add to your “Weird But True” book collection. This one is filled with facts all about food. From gross to fun, your little one won’t be able to get enough fun facts about food.
Nutrition Facts for Kids: Teaching Children Facts about Nutrition by Maryse A. Rouffaer
Written by a certified holistic health counselor, this book is filled with fun facts about food while providing information in a way kids understand. Help your little ones to take control of their nutrition with this informative book.
Food Weird o- Pedia: The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange, and Incredibly Bizarre Facts about Food and Drinks by Alex Palmer
If you know a collector of random facts, this book may be perfect for them. Filled with odd and unique fun facts about food, this book may cause you to rethink what food you consume.
A silly yet informative book that contains fun facts about food, experiments, and recipes. Your kids will devour this fun-loving approach to a nonfiction book.
Food Fun Facts
Learning new things about our food can be as enjoyable as eye-opening. By learning fun facts about food, we can make informed decisions about our bodies. What a wonderful thing to teach our children!