These food facts would truly shock you. Learn if you had consumed your food the right way.
You don’t have to be on a certain weight loss diet to learn everything about the calories and the nutritive values of everything you eat. But, even though the following truths are not so ‘famous’ it won’t hurt you to know about them, especially if you want to know what exactly you are eating.
1 Banana Smell Helps Lose Weight
How? There was a scientific experiment where people who smelled bananas lost more weight and much faster than the ones who didn’t. It was found that ‘neutral’ sweet smells can help curb appetite and hunger. Besides bananas, foods like green apple, vanilla or peppermint could work their magic. It won’t hurt trying, right?
2 Onions, Apples and Potatoes Have the Same Taste
This was a huge surprise for us too. How is it possible for an onion to have the same lovely and sweet taste as an apple? The difference in flavor is due to their smell. Try a little experiment case you don’t believe this fact, pinch your nose and bite an onion and an apple. They will taste sweet.
3 Honey Does Not Spoil
In case you didn’t know this fact, yes, it is safe to eat honey that is older than one or two years. As a matter of fact when archaeologist found pots full with honey placed in the pyramids (it was considered for a good afterlife food for the Pharaohs), the honey was not spoiled at all and tasted good, even though it was older than few millenniums.
4 Eating With Your Left Hand Would Make You Eat Less
Or eating with the right one in case you are a left-handed. A study conducted at University of Southern California shows that switching the hand you eat with will make you consume less and curb calorie consumption. This seems logical because it would be a real pain in the back trying to bring food with your less active hand, so somewhere between spilling your food and trying to put it in your mouth, you’d simply give up finishing your meal.
5 Apple Seeds are Poisonous
The tiny brownish apple seeds contain a compound called amygdalin, which when chewed releases cyanide (in small amounts of course) when combined with digestive enzymes. Don’t worry, swallowing a few seeds may have no effect as you are protected by the hard seed coating, but chewing up a handful of these seeds may pose a health risk. Of course, people will never go for the seeds of the apple, but is good to know.
6 Decaffeinated Coffee Contains Caffeine
When you get your decaf coffee you should know that it has some caffeine in it. For instance a cup of decaf espresso can have as much as 16 milligrams of caffeine. In a decaf latte, which contains two shots of espresso that adds up to about the same amount of caffeine found in a can of Coca Cola. It may not be enough to keep you awake but, it still every decaffeinated coffee contains a bit of caffeine.
7 Fruit Juice Can Contain More Calories and Sugar than Soda
An 250 gram glass of apple juice has roughly 115 calories, compared with only about 95 in Coke. A cup of grape juice contains 36 grams of sugar, which is about nine grams more than in the same amount of Pepsi. While the sugar in juice is natural (and not high-fructose corn syrup), it’s still sugar. People with diabetes are often not allowed to consume smooth drinks and fruit juices because of this reason.
8 Cooked Vegetables can be More Nutritious than Raw Ones
Contrary to popular opinion, not all vegetable is healthier when it is eaten raw. Some vegetable is more nutritious when it is cooked. You can get more of the antioxidant lycopene from cooked tomatoes than from raw ones. Also, boiling carrots increases their levels of antioxidants called carotenoids. But cooking carrots also lowers amounts of other compounds.