Food Mysteries Explained


I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo and so far it is really interesting, but contains many plot twists, which leads you to questioning what’s true. In my class, a few days ago, we were given an assignment to create a list of questions we have from the story that would be answered later on. Then I got the idea to think of some unanswered questions I have related to food and see if I could find some answers. I know that some of you have the same questions too, so I hope you enjoy and learn something new!


1. How do  “French fries” get their name?

First of all, the French fry was NOT  invented in France.  “French” refers to the way in which this side dish is prepared. Food that is cut into strips is said to be “Frenched.” Since French fries are strips of potato that have been fried, they became known as French fried potatoes, or “French fries.”


2. Why is it called a “hamburger” if it doesn’t contain ham?

It seems that the word “hamburger” is a combination of the words “ham” and “burger.” But the word “hamburger” actually traces its roots back to Hamburg, Germany, where people used to eat a similar food called the “Hamburg steak.” Eventually, the Hamburg steak made its way to the United States, where people shortened its name to “hamburger.”

3. How do m&m’s get their name?                                    

The two “M’s” represent the names of Forrest E. Mars Sr., the founder of M&M’s and Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey’s Chocolate president William F. R. Murrie)who had a 20 percent share in the product.


4. Does drinking water really help cool your mouth after eating spicy food?

The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and as you probably know oil and water don’t mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices. One solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called “casein” which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Any other dairy product, such as ice-cream works well too.

Cool, huh?



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