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16 Food Facts That Only Real Adults Can Deal With


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2. The white gunk on salmon is actually protein, not fat.

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The foamy white waste is actually a harmless soluble protein called albumin. As America's Test Kitchen explains, "When the muscle fibers in the fish are heated, they contract, pushing the moisture-filled albumin to the surface of the flesh."

Learn more: Here's The Truth About The White Gunk On Salmon

3. Green, yellow, and red bell peppers are the exact same vegetable; they're just at different stages of development.


Green peppers actually ripen into yellow and orange peppers, which then eventually turn into red peppers. (Some peppers just ripen to yellow or orange, but still, they start out green.)

Learn more: I Just Learned The Truth About Bell Peppers And WHAT THE HELL?

4. The difference between Pepsi and Coke comes down to a single ingredient.

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In a passage from his 2005 book Blink, recently resurfaced by Foodbeast, Gladwell explains the difference between the cola rivals in a single sentence: "Pepsi is characterized by a citrusy flavor burst, unlike the more raisiny-vanilla taste of Coke." TL;DR: Pepsi has citric acid, Coke does not.

Learn more: This Ingredient Is The Only Difference Between Pepsi And Coke


5. La Croix water is flavored with "essence," a clear, concentrated natural chemical derived by heating the skins or rinds of fruits.

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A Wall Street Journal article describes the chemical as vapors that are “captured, condensed and eventually sold by the 55-gallon barrel.

Learn more: I Just Found Out What LaCroix's "Natural Flavor" Is And I'm Delighted

6. Washing raw chicken is pretty much useless — and you shouldn't do it.

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According to the USDA, you should not wash raw poultry or any other meat, because you may spread potential bacteria in the poultry juices to other foods, utensils, and surfaces.

And in fact, washing it isn't even getting the bacteria off your chicken. Even though you may think that washing your chicken removes bacteria or harmful slime, "some of the bacteria are so tightly attached that you could not remove them no matter how many times you washed it," USDA spokesperson Marianne H. Gravely told BuzzFeed Food.

Learn more: We Asked Experts Whether Washing Raw Chicken Was Legit Or Useless

7. Butter should be stored in the fridge, not at room temperature in a butter dish.

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According to FDA spokesperson Peter Cassell, leaving your butter in warmer temperatures puts it at risk of "increased rates of oxidative rancidity, which leads to the more rapid development of an unusual or unpleasant flavor." On the other hand, refrigeration both preserves the shelf life of butter and "reduces the growth rates of spoilage microbes which might be present."

Learn more: 8 Food Safety Facts That’ll Make You Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

8. This is how cashews grow.

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It's composed of two parts: the cashew apple (the fruity, colorful part) and the cashew nut (still encased in the shell). To harvest it, you first remove the nut from the fruit. After you dry, steam, and hand-crack them, you remove the actual cashew from its casing.

Learn more: The Way Cashews Grow Is Mildly Shocking If You've Never Seen It Before


11. Most oysters you eat are actually alive.

Bonchan / Getty Images recommends checking oysters before you eat them: "If shells are open, tap them lightly with your finger. If the shell closes, the animal is alive and safe to buy. If the shell is gaping open or does not close after tapping it, the animal is dead and may harbor high numbers of bacteria which can make you ill."

Learn more: OK, This Fact About Eating Oysters Will Probably Shake You To The Core


14. The famous TJ's peanut butter pretzel is created via a "marvel of food manufacturing."

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According to an NPR article: The pretzels are created via a process called co-extrusion, invented in the 1980s. "Basically, an outer tube pumps out pretzel dough, while an inner tube pumps out peanut butter filling onto a conveyor belt," NPR explains. "The whole thing is then sliced up and baked in a giant 100-foot oven."

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