Shocking Facts About Your Favorite Food


These shocking facts about your favorite food will literally blow your mind.  If you love food, also check out this post on food that will rock your world.

#1 Popcorn

A cup of air-popped popcorn has more antioxidants (polyphenols) than the regular fruit or vegetable.  So don’t feel guilty about eating it at the movie house (just don’t slather it in butter)!


#2 Froot Loops

All Froot Loops taste exactly the same, no matter what their color.  Maybe the difference you sense is psychological, based on their color!

Froot Loops

#3 Berries

Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are not berries.  Gasp!


#4 Twinkies

Contrary to popular belief,  Twinkies do not last forever.  They have a shelf life of just 45 days!


#5 Grape-Nuts

Grape-Nuts do not have grapes or nuts.  They are made of whole grain wheat flour, isolated soy protein, malted barley flour, whole grain barley flour, salt, dried yeast, and malt extract.


#6 Coca-Cola and Cinnabon

A 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottle has more sugar than a large Cinnabon.  Talk about sugar overload!

Coca-Cola and Cinnabon

#7 Peanuts

Don’t let the name fool you—peanuts are not nuts—they’re legumes.

AFPD2P PEANUTS IN SHELLS SOFT LIGHT. Image shot 06/2007. Exact date unknown.
AFPD2P PEANUTS IN SHELLS SOFT LIGHT. Image shot 06/2007. Exact date unknown.

#8 Chipotle

Chipotle, in an average day, uses 97,000 pounds of avocado.  To make a single batch of guacamole, they use 70 avocados.


#9 German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany.  It’s just because it was named after Sam German, the inventor of baking chocolate.

German Chocolate Cake

#10 Mediterranean Diets

If you eat a Mediterranean diet and regularly take olive oil, you can lower the risk of major cardiovascular events and death by 30%.  This includes heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular diseases.

Mediterranean Diets

#11 Dried Fruits

Drying fruits causes extreme nutrient loss, taking out 30% to 80% of its antioxidant and vitamin content.  So just grab a fresh piece of fruit!

Dried Fruits

#12 Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout cookies are made by two different bakeries.  The cookies are a bit different and sold using different names.

Girl Scout Cookies

#13 Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a strong antioxidant that can control blood sugar, lower the risk of blood clots, and improve sensitivity to insulin.  By controlling blood sugar and improving sensitivity to insulin, this can prevent diabetes and and fat gain.


#14 Baby Carrots

Baby carrots are not little carrots plucked from the ground.  They are adult carrots shaved down to a smaller size.

Baby Carrots

#15 Oreo O’s

Discontinued Oreo O’s are still in the market—the South Korean market, that is.

Oreo O's