Thought you’ve heard it all? Well here are some fun food facts that will not only surprise you, but also help set you on the path for a healthier diet!

-In general, raw vegetables have a much higher nutrient value than cooked, though there are a few exceptions, such as cooked tomatoes. Cooked artichokes are very high in overall antioxidant value.

-Popcorn has been around for 6,000 years.

-In order for green tea to have a therapeutic effect, you must consume 4-5 cups daily.

-Those mega-size apples and oranges you’ve been seeing lately at conventional grocers are pumped up due to added water volume, rather than fruit substance. This is a crop-yield technique by farmers designed to produce bigger fruit for more consumer appeal.

-To prevent bananas from becoming brown, refrigerate them.

-The closer a food is to its natural state, the healthier is it for you. An apple is better than apple sauce which is better than bottle apple juice which is better than apple pie.

-Iceberg lettuce is 90% water, and therefore, of negligible nutrient value.

-Whenever a recipe for cake or muffins calls for oil, applesauce can be substituted.

-Diet soda had not been proven to aid in weight loss. In fact, it’s been shown to actually increase hunger. If you could eat only one vegetable for the rest of your life, eat spinach; it’s one of the highest ranking vegetables as far as overall antioxidant capacity, yet so versatile in recipes.

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