Food Trivia Questions and Answers
Q: What food is the leading source of salmonella
Q: What company first condensed soup in 1898?
Worldwide, beer is the third most popular drink overall after what?
A: Water and tea.
Q: What nutty legume accounts for one sixth of the world's
vegetable oil production?
A: The peanut.
Q: What country saw the cultivation of the first
potato, in 200 A.D.?
A: South America.
Q: What type of lettuce was called Crisphead until the
A: Iceberg lettuce.
Q: What tree gives us prunes?
A: The plum tree.
Q: What type of chocolate was first developed for public
consumption in Vevey, Switzerland in 1875?
A: Milk Chocolate.
What is beer most commonly brewed from?
A: From malted barley, though wheat, maize (corn), and rice are also used.
Q: What added ingredient keeps confectioners' sugar from
A: Corn starch.
Q: What edible comes in crimmini, morel, oyster and wood
Q: What newly-imported substance caused the first major outbreak
of tooth decay in Europe, in the1500's?
Q: What fat substitute got FDA approval for use in snack
foods, despite reports of diarrhea and cramps?
Q: What ingredient in fresh milk is eventually devoured by
bacteria, causing the sour taste?
Q: What uncooked meat is a trichina worm most likely to make a
Q: What baking ingredient, sprayed at high pressure, did the U.S.
Air Force replace its toxic paint stripper with?
A: Baking soda.
Q: What staple is laced with up to 16 additives including plaster
of paris, to stay fresh?
Q: What falling fruit supposedly inspired Isaac Newton to write
the laws of gravity?
A: An Apple.
Q: What method of preserving food did the Incas first use,
Q: What deli sandwich topped Dateline
NBC's list for total fat
content - a Reuben, BLT or tuna
salad with mayo?
A: Tuna salad with mayo.
Q: What drupaceous fruit were
Hawaiian women once forbidden by
law to eat?
A: The coconut.
Q: What hit the market alongside
spinach as the first frozen
Q: How many sizes of chicken
eggs does the USDA recognize,
Q: What are de-headed, de-veined an sorted by size in a
Q: What's the only fish that produces real caviar,
according to the FDA?
Q: What type of egg will yield 11 and one-half average-size
A: An Ostrich egg.
Q: What's the groundnut better known as?
A: The peanut.
Q: What crystalline
salt is frequently used to enhance the flavor
to TV dinners?
A: Monosodium glutamate.
Q: What sticky sweetener was traditionally used as an
antiseptic ointment for cuts and burns?
Q: What should your
diet be high in to lessen the chance of
colon cancer, according to a 1990 study?
Q: What nut do two-thirds of its U. S. producers sell through
A: The Almond.
Most modern beer is brewed with hops, which add bitterness and other
flavors and act as a what?
A: A natural preservative and stabilizing agent.
What is live food?
A: Live food is living food for carnivorous or omnivorous animals kept in captivity in a zoo or as pet.
What are some common examples of live food?
A: Crickets, waxworms, mealworms, mice and others.
A: Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the standards of organic farming.
About what percentage of children have a food allergy?
In some instances, traces of food in the air, too minute to be perceived through smell, have been known to provoke what?
A: Lethal reactions in extremely sensitive individuals.
What are some common food allergens?
A: Gluten, corn, shellfish (mollusks), peanuts, and soy.
What symptoms do allergens frequently produce?
A: Symptoms such as diarrhea, rashes, bloating, vomiting, and regurgitation.
How long does it take for the digestive complaints to develop?
A: Usually within half an hour of ingesting the allergen.
Rarely, food allergies can lead to a
medical emergency, such as what?
A: Anaphylactic shock, hypotension (low blood pressure), and loss of consciousness.
How much did the population of the United States spent on out-of-home dining in
A: $496 billion.
Animals, specifically humans, have how many different types of tastes?
A: Fve: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami.
Generally regarded as the most pleasant taste, sweetness is almost always caused by what?
A: A type of simple sugar such as glucose or fructose, or disaccharides such as sucrose.
Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose are used to mimic the sugar molecule, creating the sensation of sweet, without the what?
The stevia plant contains a compound known as steviol which, when extracted, has how many times the sweetness of sugar while having minimal impact on blood sugar?
Sourness is caused by the taste of what?
A: Acids, such as vinegar in alcoholic beverages.
Saltiness is the taste of what?
A: Alkali metal ions such as sodium and potassium.
It is found in almost every food in low to moderate proportions to do what?
A: To enhance flavor.
Some canned foods, notably soups or packaged broths, tend to be high in salt as a means of what?
A: Preserving the food longer.
Historically salt has long been used as a what?
A: A meat preservative as salt promotes water excretion.
Bitterness is a sensation often considered unpleasant characterized by having a what?
A: A sharp, pungent taste.
What is the strength of modern beer?
A: Usually around 4% to 6% alcohol by volume (ABV), although it may vary between 0.5% and 20%, with some breweries creating examples of 40% ABV and above.