Fun Facts

Fun Fact: Natto

Apr 20, 2017

Natto, a fermented soy dish popular in Japan, offers one of the highest food sources of vitamin K2. It’s also high in protein and low in calories, but its taste and appearance may be off-putting to some.

Fun Fact: Walnuts

Apr 13, 2017

Walnuts are one of the best nut sources of omega-3s, especially alpha-linolenic acid. They are also good sources of manganese and copper.

Fun Fact: Probiotics

Apr 6, 2017

A healthy adult human body contains about 3.5 pounds of probiotics. That’s more weight than the typical human brain, and almost as much weight as the typical human liver.

Fun Fact: Tomato

Mar 30, 2017

La Tomatina is a festival held in Spain each year during which participants throw more than 100,000 tomatoes at each other for about an hour.

Fun Fact: Fiber

Mar 23, 2017

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.

Fun Fact: Soy

Mar 16, 2017

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

Fun Fact: Corn

Mar 9, 2017

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

Fun Fact: Kiwi

Mar 2, 2017

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.

Fun Fact: Politics and GMOs

Feb 23, 2017

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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Fun Fact: St. John's Wort

Feb 17, 2017

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.