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Strawberries really aren't berries at all. They're actually a part of the strawberry plant's stem that has thickened, and are technically called receptacles.

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Onions don't actually make people sad... When cut into, an onion releases a gas called "propanethiol s-oxide" that bugs our eyes.

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Cooking is actually a chemical reaction. When heated, proteins unfold and tangle (a process called denaturation) with themselves and other proteins, forming new chemical bonds.

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Bananas are radioactive––well, they contain potassium (K), which undergoes radioactive decay. But don't worry, you'd need to eat ten million of them in a single sitting to get sick.

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There are around 2,000 different plant types that humans grow as food.

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The sweet potato isn't actually a potato at all. Sweet potatoes are a root, while potatoes are tubers.

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Think lemons are sour? Believe it or not, they actually have 30% more sugar than strawberries.

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According to a study by the British Cheese board, regularly eating different types of cheese before bed may affect how we sleep: the study participants who ate Stilton had super weird dreams!

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