Every single day, we spend around an hour cooking and eating. Some of us actually spend a lot more because we just enjoy cooking so much. Whether you are a cooking enthusiast or a picky eater, you have your favorite dishes and ingredients you will never try. Maybe it’s because you know red food coloring sometimes comes from crushed bugs or just because you don’t like the way a specific ingredient looks. Regardless, there is still so much we don’t know about what we eat every day.
Starting with breakfast, did you know all Froot Loops taste the same? It might come as a surprise to many of us, but Kellogg’s has confirmed that the different colors do not have different flavors. Shocking, right? But what does taste completely different are gummy bears and car wax. Or at least that’s what we would expect. They do share a key ingredient in their formulas, though. Carnauba wax, a substance derived from the leaves of carnauba palm trees, makes both cars and gummy bears shiny.
Two other unexpected users of the same ingredient are ranch dressing and sunscreen. It turns out titanium dioxide is a chemical compound that can be used for several applications. Commonly used to make white colors appear whiter in products such as paint, laundry detergent and ranch dressing, titanium dioxide also works as a UV filtering agent. Did you know eating too many carrots can turn your skin orange? Carotenemia is the name of this rare condition. People who eat too much of carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, cantaloupe, and winter squash can end up with orange palms, soles, knees and elbows.