Out of many things, one thing that helps us to survive on earth is unequivocal- Food. With variation in availability of food, its cooking style, and benefits we obtain from it, every food item is a surprise box in itself. But do you know that there are many fun and surprising facts about food which were supposedly left under the hat for all this while?
Cucumber: Sobering you up from the hangover
If you’re a party animal and just couldn’t restrain yourself from drinking then this particular vegetable will surely drag you out of your dizziness caused by the consumption of alcohol.
Carrots: Can turn your skin colour orange
Since carrots are rich in beta-carotene, too much consumption of carrots or sweet potatoes, pumpkins, or any other food that is similarly high in carotene enter the bloodstream stored under the skin resulting in yellow, orange or golden tint.
Chocolates: Once used as a currency
Astounding as it might sound, but chocolates were used as currency during 250 A.D., ancient civilizations of Mexico and South America, specifically the Mayans and the Aztecs, used the cocoa bean as a system of money. Consumption of dark chocolates in a limited amount can prove very beneficial for health.
Apple: For a good morning wake-up
Well, sometimes even tea and coffee can fail to make you throw out of the bed. But did you know having apple over these beverages can actually wake you up from your lethargy? This is due to the high levels of fructose contained in it.
Poppy seeds: Can make you go high on it
Used generously in Indian kitchens, poppy seeds also known as khas khas in Hindi come from the plant called opium poppy which is used to make heroin. And the seeds are said to actually contain trace amounts of the opiates in them.
Banana: For fighting depression
Sweet, gooey and easy-to-carry fruit banana has undoubtedly proven itself to be the best source of dietary fiber. But apart from protecting against the type II diabetes and helping you in weight loss; bananas can actually help fight depression. This is due to the presence of high levels of tryptophan in the fruit that converts into serotonin ( a type of chemical in our brain that influences mood.)
Honey: Helps fighting against cancer and heart diseases
Did you know that honey is the only food cannot rot and can last up to 3000 years? Moreover, honey rich in antioxidants which help to fight against cancer and other heart diseases. Well, they say old is gold, rightly said.