Cranberries grow in marshes, not on trees.
And asparagus grows straight outta the ground.
The white gunk that comes out of cooked salmon isn’t fat — it’s protein.
Experts agree you usually don’t need to wash chicken before you cook it.
Out of all the popular alcoholic drinks, red wine makes you the sleepiest.
European chocolate generally tastes better because it’s required by law to have a higher percentage of milk fats and dry milk solids.
Hershey’s chocolate gets its unique flavor from butyric acid — an acid that makes chocolate last longer on shelves but gives it a “tangy” flavor that many Europeans find totally off-putting.
Potatoes are mostly water.
A few years ago, Nabisco redesigned its iconic animal crackers box cover after receiving criticism from PETA.
Butter can be stored outside the fridge for up to ten days.
The seeds of stone fruits contain deadly cyanide.
The cookies that the Cookie Monster enjoys on Sesame Street are actually painted rice cakes.
The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch “koekje,” meaning little cake.
You won’t actually find many fortune cookies in mainland China.
Parmesan cheese contains an almost negligible amount of lactose.
According to the FDA, you should never double-dip.
Drinking milk a few days after its past-due date is probably fine.
It’s perfectly fine to drink a glass of water that’s been left out overnight.
You know those loofahs you used to lather yourself with in the shower? They’re actually grown in gourds.
President John Adams — who lived to 90 years old — drank about a quarter pint of cider every morning.
The white spots on an old piece of chocolate are just fat blooms — not mold.
All fruit and vegetables should be washed before eating.
La Croix produces its flavors by heating the skins or rinds of fruits.
Straight whiskey is actually clear — and gets its color from the oak barrels in which it’s aged.
Pineapples take two to three years to grow.
And by the way, did you know a single pineapple is actually made up of up to 200 flowers that bloomed and formed a single mass?
Milk helps you eat spicy foods because capsaicin (a compound in chili peppers) is fat-soluble.
Cellulose is a common ingredient in foods like shredded cheese and cereal.
Bananas looked very different before humans domesticated them into the sweet, peelable fruits they now are.
Green Haribo gummy bears are actually strawberry-flavored in the U.S. — and apple-flavored in the UK and Germany.
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