January 14, 2013 at 4:30 am

Shocking Revelations About Food

For many of us who live to eat might claim to know the A to Z of food! No matter how big a foodie you are, the following facts about foods will surely shock you to the core! While some would make you flinch, and others will make you gobsmacked:

World Chocolate supplies are set to run out

Surely a bad news for all the chocolate lovers, but it’s true; world chocolate supplies may soon run out. Due to political unrest and dangers to farmers in the Ivory Coast (where a large proportion of the world’s cocoa beans are grown), many fair trade cocoa farmers and trainers have fled the country and chocolate production has hit a low.

One of the World’s most expensive Foods is made from Saliva

Disgusting but true! From caviar (fish eggs) to truffles (an edible fungus), it seems that many of the world’s most expensive foods are made of dubious substances. While many of us would be reluctant to shell out for saliva, the bird nests that form this soup are one of the most expensive animal food products around.

Fruit and Vegetables have become less nutritious

It is a world known fact that fruits are vegetables are considered as a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but researches claim that they have actually become less nutritious than they were 50 years ago, due to new agricultural methods.

Natural Breath-mint: Coffee Beans

Sometimes, after eating onions and especially garlic, we cannot find a way to get rid of the bad breath, and it may never have occurred to you, but coffee beans are the perfect solution. Chew on a roasted coffee bean and it will instantly stub out the bad breath.

Coconut: A life saver

Surprised? Well, many of us think that the maximum good a coconut can do is bring shine to the hair but the fact is that coconut water is liquid endosperm, which is a liquid that supplies nutrition in the form of starch, by circling the embryo, but it can also hold protein and oils. It is sterile and has an ideal pH level, and therefore can be used as a substitute, in emergencies, for blood plasma.

Pre-washed salads may be contaminated with Bacteria

We all have a habit of washing the salads before cutting, but is it really a healthy habit? Well, studies don’t really suggest that. The study, which tested just over 200 samples of different pre-washed salads, found that 39 per cent of those tested contained bacteria called coliform, which is normally used to indicate contamination of food products.

Chocolate is as healthy as Fruit

Perhaps this won’t please you much after the drought prediction, but research has suggested that chocolate can be just as healthy as fruit. When tested and compared to juices such as blueberries and pomegranate, dark chocolate was found to be higher in antioxidants, which are essential for fighting disease and preventing wrinkles.

(Contributed by Salony Anand)

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