Here are 28 things you probably didn’t know are true about the foods we eat from hippopotamus soup to bacteria in your soda!

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22 – You are what you eat…
So, this might be a bit freaky! Those delicious fruit flavoured sweets actually contain the same wax that is in car wax. It’s called Carnauba wax, and it’s what give cars and candies –.

21 – Beauty in Imperfection…
This is a pretty shocking statistic, but in US – around 40% of the all the produce grown is not sold or eaten, as it’s deemed too ugly.

20 – Cool as a cucumber…
Cucumbers are super hydrating, and contain around 96% water. They’re extra awesome as they contain electrolytes, including calcium, magnesium, chloride, potassium and a range of other goodness that helps restore your body if it’s been dehydrated. Perfect hangover cure!

19 – A numbers game…
Apparently 1 out of every 8 Americans has been employed by McDonalds. Are you 1 of these 8 people?

18 – Childhood memories…
It was in 1902 that we first came across the Barnum’s Animal crackers, that came in a pretty box which looked like a circus wagon. In fact, in those days they came with string so that you could hang them on your Christmas tree. 37 different animals have been represented, including camels, hippos, elephants and even hyenas.

17 – Peased to meet you…
The oldest vegetable is the pea, and were discovered in Stone Age settlements 8000 years ago. Back then, people ate things like ferns and cattails as vegetables.

16 – One small step for man…
Here’s one to impress people at your next dinner party! Tang, the powdered orange drink was introduced in the 1950’s, but sales of the powder were pretty bad – until NASA decided to include it on their menu for the Apollo mission, and other missions as well. Needless to say, sales skyrocketed after that.

15 – Eggsellent news…
Quick FYI – Did you know that egg yolks are one of the very few foods that contain Vitamin D – so get your daily dose of sunshine the easy way!

14 – Berry Interesting….
Watermelon, Avocados, Tomatoes, Pumpkin and even bananas – are all considered berries!

13 – The cheesier the better…
I’m not sure you’re going to like this one – because if you’re a cheese lover you might be disappointed. But apparently, a slice of processed cheese contains less than 51% cheese! So you have to wonder how they’re making up the rest of it!

12 – Hold the soda…
How does this even happen? In 2010, a study published in the International Journal of food microbiology, confirmed that a massive 48% of soda fountain drinks had faecal bacteria, and a scary 11% of that had confirmed E.coli.

11 – Once you pop, you can’t stop…
Microwaves have revolutionised our world, but I bet you didn’t know that the first food to be microwaved was popcorn! They say the second was an egg

10 – For the love of donuts…
I’m not sure Canada should be proud of this, but Canada has more donut shops per capita than any other country.

9 – Water Wise…
I had actually wondered about this fact, and how it was possible that water expired – but the expiry date printed on bottled water isn’t for the water, but the actual bottle. The chemical composition of the plastic changes, and hence the expiration date on the bottle.

8 – Insert coffee to begin…
If you love coffee like I do, this is good to know. Of the many studies done about coffee, this particular one claims that drinking 6 cups of coffee a day, can reduce all-cause mortality by 15% in women and 10% in men.

7 – Now you know…
Because Almonds are super rich in Vitamin E, you can actually keep them in your fridge for up to 2 years. Although, I’m not sure my almonds would last that long!

6 – Something to chew on….
Wrigleys Chewing Gum was the very first product to ever have a barcode added to it. This was in 1974 in the US.

5 – Keep calm and eat popcorn!
This is hectic to think – but just $30.00 of popcorn would result in $3000.00 of revenue at the movies.

4 – Sweet Deal…
M&M’s are officially the best-selling sweets in America, and they were created in 1941. They get their name from Mars and Murrie – the guys who created the candy.

3 – Soup of the day…
It’s been discovered that soup was around as far back as 6000 BC, and this is the weird part – but the first soups were make using hippopotamus meat. Aren’t you glad things have changed somewhat?

2 – Lick away…
So, I’m sure you’ve always wondered how many licks it takes to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop. So students designed a licking machine, and they discovered it takes on average 364 licks.

1 – Totally random…
I’m not sure how much truth is in this one – but it’s cropped up on a few sites, so I thought I would throw it in. Some theorists believe kissing may have begun when mothers passed chewed solid food down to the babies whilst weaning.