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18 Surprising Facts about Food that will change the way you think about them

7. Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.

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Nectar is extracted from the flower by the bee and stored in its stomach. The stored nectar mixes with enzymes and its chemical composition and PH are transformed. When the bee returns to the hive, it passes the collected nectar by regurgitating the liquid into the other bee’s mouth. A process of evaporation removes the water and transforms it into honey.(source)

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8. A Snake Blood Wine is an instant wine where a waiter takes a live snake, kills it on the spot,  drain the blood into a shot glass of rice wine/Vodka, and top it off with the Cobra’s or some other snake’s still-beating heart for you to gulp down! This is available in Vietnam.

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This is a trend that became wildly popular after the release of Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach in 2000. Since then tourists who visit Vietnam make it a point of going to Le Mat, the notorious snake village to drink the blood of the snake and its beating heart and gall bladder. The blood of the snake is said to enhance the virility of the person who drinks it.(source)

9. Casu Marzu otherwise known as “Rotten Cheese” is made from Sardinian sheep milk cheese. It is a cheese designed to be eaten while infested with live cheese fly larvae(maggots). 

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A regular slab of sheep cheese is allowed to go beyond the normal fermentation stage. The larvae of the cheese fly are added to the cheese and the acid from their digestive system breaks down the cheese making them squishy and liquidy. The locals deem the casu marzu as unsafe once the larvae die, hence, the cheese is served while the maggots are still alive. Some people eat the cheese as it is (consuming the wiggling larvae) while others clear the maggots from the cheese. Those who leave the maggots in the cheese have to be extra careful while eating it because the maggots, when disturbed has the tendency to jump up to six inches.(source)

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10. While peanuts were used to create the dynamite, scientists now have found a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds!

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Dynamite was invented by Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel. Dynamite is based on nitroglycerine, which is procured from glycerol. Glycerol is obtained from processed peanut oil, however, this is not the only source of glycerol.

Dan Frost, a research scientist at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth, Germany placed some peanut butter between two diamonds and compressed it resulting in the (peanut) diamond. The peanut diamond, though not pure is still a diamond. According to the researchers of Edinburgh University, diamond can be manufactured from any carbon-containing materials, including peanut butter.(1,2)

11. Milt, considered to be a tasty delicacy is Fish sperm/semen and is popular in Japan! the taste is somewhat similar to pork brains.

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Milt is also known as soft roe is basically sacks of fish sperm that is either eaten raw, fried or poached. Milt is considered to have soft, creamy, custard-like texture and is consumed in Japan and regions of Europe.(source)

12. Pozole, a traditional Mexican stew was originally made with human flesh by the Aztecs. When the practice of cannibalism petered out, Pork was introduced as the substitute.

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Pozole means ‘hominy’, it’s a traditional stew, which once had religious overtones. Since Maize was a sacred plant for the Aztecs, Pozole was made for special occasions. According to research by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the meat used in the preparation was that of a human. After a prisoner was killed with his still-beating heart torn out in a ritual sacrifice, the rest of the body would not be buried rather they would be converted into meat for Pozole. The resulting meal would be shared by the whole community ( as part of religious communion).(source)

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