25 Startling Revelations About Meat That Might Leave You Salivating

Meat is one of those things that, unless you live in India, probably defines your eating habits to some extent. In fact, even if you are vegetarian you probably spend a lot of time considering meat replacements or whether a certain restaurant serves food that you can eat. Even in countries where people eat meat, it sometimes can only be a certain type of meat. In many Muslim countries, for example, meat must be halal. This means that it must be killed in a certain way. As you can see, eating meat is not as simple anymore as just going down to the farm and killing some animals for yourself. Meat production has also become a contested issue as of late. The ways in which animals make their way from the fields onto your table has been criticized and come under the spotlight. Scientists, in an effort to find solutions to many of the world’s problems, are on the verge of developing meat that can be produced artificially. This means that the meat isn’t derived from animals but is rather grown! In fact, such meat would be chemically indistinguishable from “regular” meat. These are 25 startling revelations about meat that might leave you salivating.

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During the American Revolution, most of the soldiers were just farmers and had no idea how to use a bayonet. Until a Prussian General explained it to them, they had just been using them to cook meat.

During the American Revolution, most of the soldiers were just farmers and had no idea how to use a bayonet. Until a Prussian General explained it to them, they had just been using them to cook meatSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
24

Deep fried chicken actually originated in Scotland as a result of people trying to make use of lard's high calorie content.

Deep fried chicken actually originated in Scotland and as a result of people trying to make use of lard's high calorie contentSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Oyakodon is a Japanese dish that means "parents and kids in a bowl". It's basically chicken and eggs over rice.

Oyakodon is a Japanese dish that means "parents and kids in a bowl". It's basically chicken and eggs over rice.Source: japanesecooking101.com, Image: wikipedia
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70% of red meat eaten in the world is goat meat.

70% of red meat eaten in the world is goat meatSource: washingtonpost.com, Image: pixabay
21

General Tso's Chicken is actually an American invention. It was brought back to China only relatively recently.

General Tso's Chicken is actually an American invention. It was brought back to China only relatively recentlySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
20

For some reason Japan is absolutely obsessed with eating KFC on Christmas. People even order their buckets months in advance.

For some reason Japan is absolutely obsessed with eating KFC on Christmas. People even order their buckets months in advanceSource: smithsonianmag.com, Image: wikipedia
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Chicken wings used to be seen as waste until a restaurant owner in Buffalo began barbecuing and serving them. So now you know that they are named after a city and not a bison.

The chicken wings used to be seen as waste until a restaurant owner in Buffalo began barbecuing and serving them. So now you know that they are named after a city and not a bison.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Before the Beijing Olympics Usain Bolt ate 100 chicken nuggets every single day for over a week. He then won three gold medals!

Before the Beijing Olympics Usain Bolt ate 100 chicken nuggets every single day for over a week. He then won three gold medals!Source: time.com, Image: wikipedia
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In Alaska you can register for a Roadkill List so that you will be notified when delicious road kill becomes available.

In Alaska you can register for a Roadkill List so that you will be notified when delicious road kill becomes availableSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
16

80 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States are for meat production.

80 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States are for meat productionSource: washingtonpost.com, Image: pixabay
15

Researchers are in the process of creating meat out of stem cells. This meat will be chemically indistinguishable from any other meat and will prevent the need to kill animals for food.

Researchers are in the process of creating meat out of stem cells. This meat will be chemically indistinguishable from any other meat and will prevent the need to kill animals for food.Source: globalpost.com, Image: pixabay
14

McRibs were actually introduced during a time that McDonalds was running low on chicken.

McRibs were actually introduced during a time that McDonalds was running low on chickenSource: theatlantic.com, Image: wikipedia
13

Before westerners came to Japan, red meat was banned. The emperor, however, repealed the ban after concluding that red meat was the reasons that westerners were so much bigger.

Before westerners came to Japan, red meat was banned. The emperor, however, repealed the ban after concluding that red meat was the reasons that westerners were so much biggerSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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The terms white meat and dark meat actually originated during Victorian times because it was taboo to say "breast" or "leg".

The terms white meat and dark meat actually originated during Victorian times because it was taboo to say "breast" or "leg"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In South Carolina if you hit a deer and sell the meat for charity you can get a tax break.

In South Carolina if you hit a deer and sell the meat for charity you can get a tax breakSource: intuit.com, Image: pixabay
10

Spam is a delicacy in South Korea.

Spam is a delicacy in South KoreaSource: koreanfood.about.com, Image: pixabay
9

Colonel Saunders was once so upset with what KFC had become that he remarked it "was the worst chicken [he had] ever seen"

Colonel Saunders was once so upset with what KFC had become that he remarked it "was the worst chicken [he had] ever seen"Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
8

In 1876 meat rained down over several towns in Kentucky. The incident has been called the Kentucky Meat Shower.

In 1876 meat rained down over several towns in Kentucky. The incident has been called the Kentucky Meat ShowerSource: wikipedia
7

If you buy Kobe beef outside of Japan or China then it is either fake or illegal. Kobe beef is only raised in certain regions of Japan and cannot be exported anywhere except for China.

If you buy Kobe beef outside of Japan or China then it is either fake or illegal. Kobe beef is only raised in certain regions of Japan and cannot be exported anywhere except for China.Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
6

2013 is the first year on record where more fish was consumed globally than beef.

2013 is the first year on record where more fish was consumed globally than beefSource: earth-policy.org, Image: pixabay
5

Smithfield once did a survey of Americans and 65% of them said they would support bacon being the national food.

Smithfield once did a survey of Americans and 65% of them said they would support bacon being the national foodSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
4

“Bringing Home the Bacon” is a hostage negotiation technique that actually involves cooking bacon outside the hostage zone in order to make the hostage takers hungry...and more cooperative.

“Bringing Home the Bacon” is a hostage negotiation technique that actually involves cooking bacon outside the hostage zone in order to make the hostage takers hungry...and more cooperativeSource: flylib.com, Image: wikipedia
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Bacon was the first meal eaten on the moon (freeze dried).

Bacon was the first meal eaten on the moon (freeze dried)Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
2

On any given day, roughly half of the US population will eat a sandwich.

On any given day, roughly half of the US population will eat a sandwichSource: fivethirtyeight.com, Image: pixabay
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Pepperoni is actually an American invention. In Italy the word "pepperoni" refers to an actual pepper.

Pepperoni is actually an American invention. In Italy the word "pepperoni" refers to an actual pepperSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay


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