Some foods have pretty much being used for medicinal purposes from ancient times till today.
If you check the history of a number of foods and compare their life cycle, withtheir present-day processing, there’s a chance that you will find some weird facts which are actually true.
Here are 3 of the weirdest food facts you most likely never knew about.
Tonic Water Glows In Darkness
While this may sound unbelievable, you can actually try it out and discover that it’s true. The science behind it is the presence of quinine – a chemical substance that has long being known as a longstanding malaria medicine.
Only small quantities of quinine are present in Tonic water, but it is enough to confer glowing attributes on it if an ultraviolet light is passed through it. Quinine absorbs light energy that excites molecules present tin the tonic water which emit their own energy before going inert.
The glow continues once the molecules receive more light energy.
If you’re thinking of adding fun to your late-night party, you can use the glow-in-the-dark properties of quinine to surprise your friends and pretty much have them look at tonic water in a different way.
Ketchup Was Medicinal And Was Made Without Tomatoes
Modern day bottle’s of ketchup usually have the words “tomato ketchup” written on them and for good reasons too.
Ketchup up has an incredibly weird history that dates back to the 16th century when British sailors discovered the Chinese favorite and introduced it to the Western world.
There were a lot of different regional recipes and varieties, but the earliest recipe actually contained “the intestine, stomach and bladder of the yellow fish, shark and mullet” to be washed, bottled, and left to sit for up to 100 days!
More so, the British in the past included anchovies in the making of their ketchup in a process similar to the making of fish sauce. There was however an immense fear of including tomatoes in the recipe at this time as a lot of people believed it would be poisonous.
In the 18th century however, some doctors in the United States declared that tomatoes were a quick fix to any form of gastrointestinal issues, which necessitated the inclusion of tomatoes with ketchup and that’s when they were first included in ketchup.
Tomato ketchup was thereafter sold as a medicinal tonic instead of a condiment. This however didn’t last long as processing and preservation around this time was so bad that the ketchup became rancid, toxic and deadly to consumers before more modern processing techniques was initiated by Henry J. Heinz.
Bananas Are Dying
Bananas are basically genetic clones and the key to genetic diversity is the continuation of species. Unfortunately however, we just may not have bananas around for long because they are basically infertile, inbred clones.
The first Bananas are estimated to have been domesticated about 7,000 years ago, and humans are understood to have hybridized the banana to grow in various areas as populations spread all around the world.
The Cavendishes bananas at the moment can only be reproduced through transplantation of their tree cuttings.
More so, the identical genetic makeup of the banana means that a single disease can wipe out the entire species. Something similar happened in the 1960s when the fusarium wilt banana plague wiped out the Gros Michel species.
The Cavendish bananas were resistant to the fungal strain, but there are other diseases they aren’t resistant to, like black sigatoka.
The good thing for us all however is that there are a number of species and varieties of bananas that can replace some, if those eventually gets wiped out.