Think you know all there is to know about takeaways? Think again! Here we’ve shared seven unusual facts about takeaways to test your knowledge.
- Men having the biggest taste for takeaways
According to a study carried out in 2013, men have the biggest taste for takeaways, with the average man getting through 151 takeaways a year, compared to women at 126. The study also found that in 2013, Brits were spending £110 on takeaways every month and that Chinese had overtaken fish and chips as Britain’s best-loved takeaway.
Grow your wealth with Chinese dumplings! (Image source: https://goo.gl/S1Nxbh )
2. Chinese dumplings are a lucky food
Need a little extra luck in your life? Order some dumplings from your local Chinese takeaway – apparently they are considered a lucky food in China! According to Chinese traditions, the more dumplings you eat during Chinese New Year, the more money you’ll make in the following year. So get eating those dumplings!
3. Takeaway cravings are linked with psychology
Humans programme themselves to want certain foods in certain situations. If you’re feeling low after a tough day at work, it’s likely that you’ll crave a takeaway. You’ll eat the takeaway, it’ll taste delicious and it’ll make you feel better. Next time you’re having a hard time; you’ll probably go back and have another takeaway so you get the same release. It is funny how the mind works isn’t it?
4. Takeaways are often associated with good memories
Many people associate their favourite takeaways with good memories. For example, if on family holidays to the seaside, you always had fish and chips, it’s likely that every time you think of the seaside, you’ll crave fish and chips. The same could be said if you get a curry after the quiz night at your local pub. Every time you’ve had a drink at the pub, you’re likely to crave a curry!
5. Pizza didn’t exist until 1889
Although pizza’s history can be traced back all the way to Byzantine Greece, where they used to create plain flatbreads covered in oil, herbs and cheese, pizza, as we know it today didn’t exist until 1889. The invention of pizza was all thanks to Raffaele Esposito of Naples. He baked what he called ‘pizza’ as a special treat for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita in 1889.
His pizza matched the colours of the Italian flag (red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil). As you may have guessed already, the Margherita pizza was named after the Queen herself!
6. Takeaways are often associated with low blood sugar
Research has found that having low blood sugar levels makes us crave food that is full of calories and fat like takeaways. So if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s recommended that you keep your blood sugar stable with slow-release foods like wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta and brown rice. Lean protein, beans and lentils are also very good for you, in addition to your daily portions of fruit and veg.
Sorry to tell you this but fortune cookies didn’t originate in China! (Image source: https://goo.gl/pY95A3 )
7. Chinese fortune cookies didn’t actually originate in China
Although you may look forward to reading your fortune at the end of your Chinese takeaway, the truth is that Chinese fortune cookies didn’t actually originate in China. The fortune cookie is actually a Japanese invention. It was popularised by Americans in Chinese takeaways and became a thing in the UK too. Apparently, it’s relatively unheard of in the East!
Have all these facts got you craving your favourite takeaway? Thankfully TASTYFIND has a large selection of quality takeaways for you to try. Go place your order and feel free to comment below with any other unusual facts about takeaways!