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150th edition special! Top 20 things we’ve learnt

150th edition special! Top 20 things we’ve learnt

To celebrate our 150th issue, here are some of the pearls we’ve picked up along the way.

1. Eating lots of carrots can turn your skin orange, a condition called carotenemia which is the result of high levels of beta-carotene in your blood. April 2005, issue 1

2. The French are often thought of as big wine drinkers but, in reality, they usually make a glass last an entire meal. August 2007, issue 29

3. So-called ‘detox diets’ can leave you short on essential nutrients. February 2006, issue 11

4. The singular of ‘gnocchi’ is ‘gnoccho’. May 2010, issue 62

5. It takes about five kilos of potatoes to make one litre of vodka. December 2008, issue 45

6. The idea of an energy spike followed by a slump after eating is largely a myth. June 2017, issue 147

7. Fermenting helps ‘pre-digest’ food, meaning fermented foods are often easier to digest. May 2017, issue 146

8. Asparagus stalks squeak when rubbed together, if they’re fresh. November 2008, issue 44

9. Generally, the smaller a chilli, the hotter it is. September 2011, issue 78

10. Cocoa and cacao both come from the cocoa bean but are processed differently, with cocoa being roasted to bring out the chocolate flavours. June 2015, issue 123

11. Your salivary glands can produce one to two litres of saliva daily. October 2013, issue 103

12. Raspberries come in an array of colours including purple, black and yellow. December 2012, issue 93

13. The death rate in New Zealand from heart disease is around 90 per cent lower than it was in 1967, in part, thanks to the reduction of saturated fat in our diet. November 2014, issue 116

14. Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than in the fridge. November 2008, issue 44

15. A cup of cauliflower has more vitamin C than an orange. July 2016, issue 136

16. It’s important to have zinc every day as your body can’t store it. April 2012, issue 85

17. Preschoolers may need to try a food between 10 and 15 times before they learn to like it. September 2015, issue 126

18. For blokes, it takes around 10 minutes of running to burn off the energy from one beer. December 2008, issue 45

19. A smoker with a BMI of 23 has the same risk of dying as someone with a BMI of 37. March 2017, issue 144

20. Just one marinated mussel provides nearly three times the recommended daily intake of vitamin B12. February 2014, issue 107




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