Forbes recently put together a list of shocking food facts that would make anyone put down their burger and pick up a seitan sandwich (and a copy of Cowspiracy). For instance, did you realize it takes nearly 700 gallons of water to make a single patty for your BigMac? And you thought almonds were the problem.
And while everyone is pining over the cool new diet they’re adhering to in 2017, we’ve come up with our own meal plan of interesting food facts to feed the mind.
1. Cap’n Crunch is a phony!
According to the stripes on his sleeve, he’s a Commander in disguise. Maybe he ingested too much nutmeg, which is a hallucinogen.
2. Skip the General Tsao’s chicken at a Chinese buffet.
It’s likely been fried in old, used oil. Gross.
3. It takes 12-pounds of milk to make a single gallon of ice cream.
And it takes nearly 2,000 gallons of water to create a single gallon of milk. You do the math. Maybe it’s time to switch to sorbet.
4. It takes 872 gallons of water to create a gallon of wine.
5. Licorice ropes are shaped by extruders, just like pasta.
6. Finland consumes the most coffee.
The average person drinks 2.64 cups per day.
7. It takes about 20 minutes to make a tube of Pringles.
8. Japan grows the most expensive watermelon.
The average cost of the extremely rare, black-skinned Densuke watermelon, of which only 10,000 are grown each year, is about $6,000.
9. Australia consumes the most meat at 205 lbs per year.
The U.S. ranks a close second with 200.6 lbs.
10. Toy-filled candy is banned in America.
The U.S. has prohibited toy-filled candy since 1938 because of its chocking hazard. Being caught with one could land you a $1,200 fine.
11. The holes in Swiss cheese are created by…hay.
12. While a hugely popular dish at Indian restaurants, Chicken Tikka Masala originated in Britain.
13. McDonald’s ice cream is anything but McNatural.
The long list of ingredients includes: corn syrup solids, artificial vanilla flavor, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, dextrose, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, disodium phosphate, cellulose gum and vitamin A palmitate. Phew!