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Though the term “dietary fiber” didn’t come into use until the 1950s, Hippocrates appears to have been the first person to reference fiber in medical literature.

Soy crayons have been created to replace petroleum-wax crayons.

One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of pop.

Kiwis were originally called Chinese gooseberries. But when U.S. importers began to bring the fruit to the U.S. in the 1950s, they changed the name to avoid high import tariffs and connotations with communist China.

How do Republicans’ and Democrats’ views on GMOs differ? Both Republicans (39%) and Democrats (40%) feel that GMOs are worse for health, but more Democrats (60%) than Republicans (50%) believe organic foods are healthier, according to an December NPR article.

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According to legend, St. John’s wort got its name because the plant blooms around June 24—the same day as the feast of St. John the Baptist in some Christian traditions.

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Small amounts of caffeine can be found in the leaves and flowers of several citrus plants, including grapefruit, lemon, and orange, but not in the fruits.

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