20 Things About Your Food That Will Surprise You

Find out facts about your favorite foods that you didn't know before.

20 Things About Your Food That Will Surprise You

You know you should be eating loads of fruits and veggies, but do you know where they really come from? Relax, it’s not as scary as it seems. Find out which vegetables are fruits, which fruits are classified as part of a flower family, and more fun facts.

Peanuts

Think you know how peanuts are grown? Think again! Unlike other nuts, like pecans or walnuts, peanuts do not grow on trees. Instead, the peanut plant flowers aboveground, but the actual peanuts grow below ground. A machine then digs them up once the growing process is finished and the soil is the right consistency. This entire process takes about four to five months!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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