Lesser-Known Food Facts To Tell Everyone At Your Next Family Dinner

When it comes to food, we think we know everything we need to know. We’re aware of what’s healthy and what’s unhealthy, we know that cereals are full of sugar and that eating fruits and vegetables is important if we don’t want to get sick. But there’s so much we haven’t been told – here are some of the most surprising facts about food.

 

Carnauba wax is used in gummy bears and car wax.

Gummy bears

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Derived from the leaves of carnauba palm trees, carnauba wax is a very versatile product. It is not only used to give gummy bears their trademark shiny glaze and to prevent them from sticking together, but also to shine up cars, surfboards, and floors. Obviously, the overall percentage of carnauba wax in gummy bears is a lot lower than in car polishes.

 

Cellulose is the reason shredded cheese doesn’t stick together in the package.

Shredded cheese

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Cellulose is a wood product that is the main component of paper, cardboard, and some kinds of fabrics. The same product is also used to coat pieces of shredded cheese in order to block out the moisture that makes them clump together. Though it might sound strange, eating cellulose is absolutely safe since the ingredient, like fiber, cannot be digested by the human body.

 

Titanium dioxide is found in coffee creamer and sunscreen.

Coffee and creamer

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Used in a wide range of applications, titanium dioxide is a very versatile chemical compound. It is used to make white colors look whiter in paint, sunscreen, coffee creamer, and even ranch dressing. Interestingly, it also works as a UV filtering ingredient in sunscreen.