Taste Test Trivia #2

1. How many chemicals do tomatoes release to give them their flavour?

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Tomatoes produce 222 volatile chemicals which give them their flavour.

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2. Why does the smell of cooking make us salivate?

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When you smell food, sensory information is passed to the brain, which sends nerve signals to the salivary glands. This saliva prepares us for digestion.

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3. Why do meals on an airplane taste bad?

Yes!

Being on a plane affects our taste and smell senses. The dry air on a plane makes our mouths dry and noses stuffy meaning interfering with the moist media in which molecules from food or drink dissolve. Basically, our taste and smell senses receptors don’t detect food molecules properly.

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4. Who invented the microwave oven?

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Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven whereas Spencer silver invented Post-It notes. The first commercial microwave was over 1.7 metres tall!

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5. Food scientists have discovered that peanut butter can be turned into what?

Yes!

Scientists at the Bayerisches Geoinstitute in Germany have discovered that peanut butter can be turned into diamonds! All you need is to extract the oxygen from the carbon dioxide found in the peanut spread, and then enact immense pressure on the carbon left behind.

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6. People thought that what fruit used to be poisonous?

Yes

In 18th century Europe, the tomato was nicknamed "the poison apple," because aristocrats would oftentimes get sick and die after eating them. Little did they know that the explanation had to do with their choice of tableware, not the tomatoes.

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7. When was the first ready meal sold?

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The first ready meals sold in a metal tray that could be heated in the oven.

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8. How much food can the stomach hold?

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Most stomachs can comfortably fit around 1 litre (2.1 pints) of food, but some stomachs can stretch to accommodate much larger meals.

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9. What gives food its flavour?

Yes!

You detect smell when volatile chemicals travel into your nose as you put food in your mouth. At the same time, the tongue and mouth detect 5 basic tastes which combine with the smell to give food its flavour.

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10. Why do the stomach rumble when it’s hungry?

Yes

Stomach muscles contract to push food through the intestines even when the stomach is empty. This produces the stomach rumble!

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