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“Every day 1.5 billion cups of tea are enjoyed throughout the world” and other things that you didn’t know about your food.

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Mother’s milk can turn sour when the woman is doing too much sport.

China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year, which requires 25 million trees to be chopped down to make them.

Crocodiles eat stones so that they can dive deeper.

Glucodermaphobia is the fear of the skin on hot milk and puddings.

In Iran, people colour the chickens, not the eggs during Easter.

A Wiener has an electrical resistance of 5 Megaohm.

Every year about 2 000 French people seek medical attention after attempting to open an oyster.

Nutella has a sun protection factor of 9.7.

It has been traditional to serve fish with a slice of lemon since the Middle Ages, when people believed that the fruit’s juice would dissolve any bones accidentally swallowed.

The Snickers chocolate bar was named after the Mars family’s favourite horse.

The first sentence ever to be spoken on a telephone call was: “The horse doesn’t eat cucumber salad.”

An average man of 70 kgs would be enough to prepare a meal for 40 cannibals.

The most-often bought flavour of ice-cream in the world is vanilla.

One can get drunk from bathing in alcoholic drinks.

In the Sprengel chocolate factory in Hannover, the women had to sing while working so that they couldn’t eat any chocolate.

The unit of measurement for the heat of chillies is called Scoville.

When you rub a sliced onion on your feet, you will taste onion in your mouth about one hour later.

Nutmeg is deathly when it is taken intravenously.

Every year Coca-Cola spends as much money on advertising as it would cost to give one bottle to every family in the world for free.

An average person’s yearly fast-food intake will contain 12 pubic hairs.

One hears worse after an opulent meal.

When calamari gets excited or stressed, it eats itself.

The all-time record for the farthest a marshmallow has been blown by a nose is 4,96m.

It’s forbidden to carry the Swedish delicacy Surstöming on Air France and British Airways because it could explode.

The worldwide agriculture industry produces enough to feed 12 billion people. But there are still 100 000 humans dying every day from hunger or hunger-related diseases.

Each year 50-billion kilograms of food are wasted in the USA.

Obesity and inactivity kill 407 000 people every year in the USA.

Rice is the staple food of more than one-half of the world’s population.

In the mass production of pigs, there is one square metre for each animal.

The colour “orange” was named after the fruit. Before the fruit, a term “geoluhread” (for “yel-low-red”) was used for the colour.

Some Bedouin weddings serve a camel stuffed with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.

Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, which can be used to make nitroglycerin, one of the constituents of dynamite. Note however, there are other processes that can be used to make dynamite without peanuts.

Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.

McDonald’s feeds more than 46 million people a day, more than the entire population of Spain.

There are approximately 2 000 hamburgers per cow, consumed every four seconds by McDonald’s restaurant patrons worldwide.

French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America.

According to the USA’s National Onion Association, onion consumption has increased approximately 50% over the past 20 years.

The average worldwide consumption of soft drinks is 89.8 litres per person per year.

In Hong Kong 60% of the population eat fast-food at least once a week.

McDonald’s calls people who eat a lot of their food “heavy users”.

McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys.

Spinach consumption in the USA rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931.

Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the USA are for the sole purpose of decoration.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

Sitophobia is the fear of food.