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Bananas Are Radioactive and Other Surprising Food Facts

6. Produce stickers are edible

Most of us have probably inadvertently eaten at least part of one of those little identifying stickers that are now affixed to much supermarket produce. They should always be removed, and they don’t have any flavor anyway, but they’re considered an indirect food additive, meaning that they’re not dangerous if you eat them.

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7. Cranberries bounce

If you drop most varieties of fruit on the floor, they’ll either just lie there or roll away. Cranberries, on the other hand, will bounce a fair distance. In fact, cranberry farmers use a bounce test to determine whether the fruit is ripe and healthy. They drop cranberries and see if they’ll bounce over a wooden barrier. If they will, they’re good to go. The non-bouncers get discarded.

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8. White chocolate isn’t chocolate

White chocolate was invented in the 1930s by Nestlé, a company well-known for its range of chocolate confections. This isn’t one of them, however. White chocolate is made without the cacao solids that define actual chocolate. Instead, it consists of cocoa butter (the fat extracted from the cacao bean), sugar, and milk solids.

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9. Crackers are worse for your teeth than candy

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, starch is worse for your teeth than sugar, because it attaches to your teeth more efficiently and stays around for a longer time — during which period it turns into, yes, sugar for bacteria to feed on.

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10. Froot Loops all taste the same

You might be forgiven for looking at a bowlful of these colorful little O’s and thinking “Yellow, must be lemon-flavored. Orange is orange, of course. Purple, probably grape.” You’d be wrong on all counts. All Fruit Loops taste the same, sort of sweet, sort of fruity, but without any single identifiable identity.

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