weird food facts

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Five weird facts about food [photos]

The culinary world is an interesting one. Here are five weird facts about food that we managed to whip up for you. Enjoy.

weird food facts

Photo: Envato Elements

Food is interesting. We plan social events around it. It defines cultures. We take photos of it and share it to the world #instafood. We have collected five interesting and weird facts about food that you probably didn’t know.

Gummy sweets are coated in car wax

Sweet jelly beans in jar. Gummy sweets are coated in carnauba wax. Photo: Envato Elements

Both gummy sweets and cars are covered in the same wax. The shine on your car and the shine on your childhood favourite sweets are created by covering them in carnauba wax. Delicious!

But before you go into a wild panic, eating the sweets is not the same as eating car wax, as per Snopes.

Still, makes it kinda ick.

Potatoes: so much more than just a carb

Potatoes can be used to fuel more than just our bodies. Photo: Envato Elements

They can be mashed, roasted, cut into chips or used to reflect Wi-Fi signals.

Potatoes are truly a very versatile vegetable. When Boeing needed to test out inflight Wi-Fi signals but couldn’t use humans, they substituted us out for potatoes.

Because of their water content and chemistry, potatoes absorb and reflect radio wave signals the same way humans do

Associated Press

Grapes: little fireballs of plasma

Grapes can be quite dangerous. Photo: Envato Elements

Like living dangerously?

Cut a grape in half and then microwave it. The electromagnetic microwave rays turn them into an explosive fireball of plasma and lighting.

The explanation behind it? The grapes are so small that the microwave is essentially heating up “nothing.” The waves then become concentrated within the grape, creating deadly exploding orbs.

Recreational nutmeg

I was gonna clean my room, but then I ate nutmeg. Photo: Envato Elements

Nutmeg, the spice of Christmas and hallucinations.

Nutmeg can induce hazy, drug-like hallucinations. According to ABCNews, it contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses.

A large dose is around two tablespoons.

Diamonds from peanut butter?

Peanut butter makes the world go round. Photo: Envato Elements

While attempting to recreate the conditions of the Earth’s lower mantle, scientist Dan Frost, found a way to make diamonds out of peanut butter.

Popular Mechanics breaks down the process for us. Peanut butter is rich in carbon so first, you have to extract the oxygen from the carbon dioxide found in the butter. Then you subject it to high pressure.

Easy. We are just glad he made diamonds and didn’t turn himself into a fly.