Fascinating Food Facts ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿฐ Every Healthy Girl Must Know ...

One of my guilty pleasures is food trivia so I love learning unique food facts and sharing them with others. Food is such a prominent part of our everyday lives and our culture that I figure it never hurts to know as much as possible, right? Plus, you might learn a thing or two about the foods youโ€™re eating, where they come from, and perhaps learn that you might not need to be eating them after all. Or, in other cases, some of these unique food facts are downright shocking and make for excellent conversation starters at the dinner table, or not, depending on what fact youโ€™re sharing, obviously. Check out some of these unique food facts. Many of them will probably surprise you and a few just might inspire you!

1. Bacos Are Vegan

Most people find this to be one of the most unique food facts of all: Betty Crockerโ€™s Bacoโ€™s bacon bits are actually vegan and contain no animal products whatsoever. What they do have is soy protein, salt, and added flavor - who knew, right? Not all bacon condiments are vegan though so read up on brand labels to see which ones are if itโ€™s a concern.

2. Spinach Has More Calcium than Milk

A ยฝ cup of spinach has 115 milligrams of calcium, which is three times the amount of what youโ€™d get in a 8 ounce glass of milk. Skip the cow and head straight for the spinach. Popeye must have known what he was doing, donโ€™t ya think?

3. Apples and Roses

Apples are actually in the same family of plants as roses. So are pears and plums - who knew? No wonder apples are one of Americaโ€™s most loved fruits!

4. Peas on Pizza

In Brazil you wonโ€™t find pepperoni pizza but you will find plenty of pea pizza. Green peas are one of the most popular pizza toppings of this exotic country. Odd? Yes, but at least theyโ€™re healthy, right?

5. Skittles Contain Beetles

The red food coloring used in Skittles and any other fake food uses a food dye known as carmine, which comes from beetles. Try eating the rainbow from fruits and veggies, not artificially-colored critter candy!

6. Mixed Meat

One fast food hamburger can contain meat from up to 100 different cows due to mass production in the meat industry. Um, thanks but no thanks!

7. Waxed Fruit

Fruit flavored snacks often contain a waxed coating thatโ€™s the same kind used for car wax. Skip the flavored options and eat fresh fruit instead.

8. Fruit Loop Cereal Isnโ€™t Flavored

Despite all their fancy colors, every single color of Fruit Loop cereal taste the same. I guess not even fun colors can make sugary cereal taste too unique, huh?

9. Peanuts Arenโ€™t Nuts

Peanuts are actually legumes and grow in pods in the ground. So do cashews, which are also a legume, not a nut. Cashews and peanuts are grouped as nuts since their nutritional profile is similar to nuts (which actually grow on trees, not pods in the ground).

10. German Cake Imposter

Despite the name, German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with Germany. The man who created the cake was named Sam German. No matter who named it, I think itโ€™s safe to say itโ€™s delicious either way.

11. Sunkist Lemons Arenโ€™t Really Yellow

Despite their gorgeous color and tasty flavor, Sunkist lemons are actually picked before they turn yellow and are still green. Theyโ€™re then processed in a lab that coats them with a yellow spray. Want the real deal? Buy organic!

If you have any unique food facts to share, feel free to fill me in! What's the strangest food fact you've ever heard?

Sources: buzzfeed.com, peta.org, buzzfeed.com

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