If Santa Claus visits 500 million homes this Christmas, and has two bites of cookie and one sip of milk at each house, he could easily consume more than 35 billion calories.
Capsaicin, a component in chili peppers that produces the heat sensation, is created by the pepper plant to stop animals from eating its fruit. It does not affect birds, which spread the plant’s seeds.
Kumquats are one of the highest fruit sources of calcium. They are also rich in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, a component used to make the explosive liquid nitroglycerine, which is a key ingredient in dynamite.
The average American consumes about 3000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal.
In 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. More recently, in 2015, astronauts on the International Space Station ate red romaine lettuce grown in space.
Americans are consuming five times as much food dye today as they did in 1955. Artificial colors Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 are the most widely used food dyes.
Cranberries bounce when they’re ripe. Many cranberry farmers today use a machine that simulates bouncing to sort out the freshest cranberries.
Worried about cavities this Halloween? Onions contain antimicrobial compounds that researchers have found may destroy the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.
The pumpkin, a close relative of the zucchini and the watermelon, is an excellent source of vitamin A. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in potassium.