World Famous Food

Well…my friends would probably point to me as the last person to write on food…but I just came back from a 10 day vacation where I indulged in gorging a LOT of food…..so I figured this would probably me the only time when I would be interested in doing some mouth watering research on some of the most popular foods around the globe :) .

I am leaving out the most popular & obvious ones (Rice & Corn). I am concentrating on the processed food frequented by the urban populace.

Arranged Alphabetically :

  1. Chips :
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    Date of Origin : August 24, 1853
    Creator : George Crum
    Place of Origin : New York
    Constituents : Chips are thin slices of potato that are deep fried or baked until crispy.
    Calories : 1 bag (227g) = 1242
    Info :
    • The basic chips are cooked and salted, and additional varieties are manufactured using various flavorings and ingredients including seasonings, herbs, spices, cheeses, and artificial additives.
  3. Chocolates :
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    Date of Origin : 1100 to 1400 BC
    Constituents : Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar.
    Calories : Cadbury’s Dairy Milk : 100g = 525
    Info :
    • Roughly two-thirds of the entire world’s cocoa is produced in Western Africa, with 43% sourced from Côte d’Ivoire where child labor is a common practice to obtain the product.
    • According to the World Cocoa Foundation, some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood.
  5. Curry :
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    Place of Origin : India
    Constituents : It includes a general variety of spiced dishes, best known in South Asian cuisines, especially Indian cuisine. Some distinctive spices used in many curry dishes include turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and red pepper.
    Info :
    • The word curry is an anglicised version of the Tamil word khari , which is usually understood to mean “gravy” or “sauce” rather than “spices”.
    • Some studies have shown that ingredients in curry may help to prevent certain diseases, including colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
  7. French Fries :
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    Date of Origin : 1680-1813
    Place of Origin : France/Belgium/Spain [Disputed]
    Constituents : French Fries are thin strips of deep-fried potato.
    Calories : McDonald’s Large Fries : 154.0 g = 500
    Info :
    • The phrase ‘French Fries’ means potatoes fried in the French sense of the verb “to cook”.
  9. Hamburger :
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    Date of Origin : 1885
    Place of Origin : USA
    Constituents : A hamburger is a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat, (usually beef, but occasionally pork, turkey, or a combination of meats) placed between two wheat buns. Hamburgers are often served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, or cheese and condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup;
    Calories : 1 Large, Single Meat Patty, Plain (137g) = 426
    Info :
    • The term hamburger originally derives from the German city of Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, from where many emigrated to America.
    • The McDonald’s fast-food chain sells a sandwich called the Big Mac, one of the world’s top selling hamburgers.
  11. Hot Dog :
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    Date of Origin : 1480
    Place of Origin : Germany/Austria [Disputed]
    Constituents : A hot dog (also known as a frankfurter, frank, wiener, or weenie) is a moist sausage of soft, even texture and flavor, often made from advanced meat recovery or meat slurry.Most types are fully cooked, cured or smoked. It is often placed hot in a special purpose soft, sliced hot dog bun. It may be garnished with mustard, ketchup, onion, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, chili or sauerkraut.
    Calories : 1 Plain (98g) = 242
    Info :
    • Hot dogs may be grilled, steamed, boiled, barbecued, pan fried, deep fried, broiled, or microwaved.
    • The term “dog” has been used as a synonym for sausage since 1884 and accusations that sausage makers used dog meat date to at least 1845.
  13. Ice Cream :
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    Date of Origin : 200 BC(Precursor) / 1718(Current Form)
    Place of Origin : China(Precursor) / London(Current Form)
    Constituents : ice-cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours.
    Calories : 1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream (144g) = 289
    Info :
    • Ice cream became popular throughout the world in the second half of the 20th century after cheap refrigeration became common.
  15. Noodles :
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    Date of Origin : Before 25-220 AD
    Place of Origin : China
    Constituents : A noodle is a type of food made from unleavened dough that is cooked in a boiling liquid.
    Calories : 1 Packet of Ramen (64g) = 296
    Info :
    • They are generally boiled, although they may also be deep-fried in oil until crispy.
  17. Pizza :
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    Date of Origin : Before 1751
    Place of Origin : Italy
    Constituents : Pizza is a world-popular dish made with an oven-baked, flat, generally round bread that is often covered with tomatoes or a tomato-based sauce and cheese.
    Calories : 1 slice of a Plain Cheese Pizza (63g) = 140
    Info :
    • The bottom base of the pizza (called the “crust” in the United States and Canada) may vary widely according to style—thin as in hand-tossed pizza or Roman pizza, or thick as in pan pizza or Chicago-style pizza.
  19. Sushi :
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    Date of Origin : 1799–1858
    Place of Origin : Tokyo-Japan
    Constituents : Sushi is vinegar rice, topped with other ingredients, such as fish.
    Info :
    • The main ingredients of traditional Japanese sushi, raw fish and rice, are naturally low in fat, high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
    • The same may not be said categorically of Western-style sushi, which increasingly features non-traditional ingredients such as mayonnaise, avocado, and cream cheese.

Ref :
http://www.healthyyounaturally.com/edu/top10foodhazards.htm
http://www.faqs.org/shareranks/2705,Famous-Foods-from-Around-the-World
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/13/best-foods-in-the-world
http://www.bukisa.com/articles/127612_asias-most-popular-foods
http://trifter.com/practical-travel/world-cuisine/the-most-popular-dishes-from-around-the-world/
http://en.wikipedia.org
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World’s Most Popular Sports

This blog entry took a long time to compile….but was forced to write it….there are way too many misleading articles out there :( .
I had a simple question :’Which are the World’s Most Popular Sports?’…but the Net had way 2 many unbelievable answers !

Sample this :


Myth
Truth
The Football World Cup attracts 36 billion viewers. Umm…The world population is abt 6.7 Billion.(currently 6,706,993,152)
Basketball is the second most popular sport in the World. Sorry..but it doesnt figure in the Top 5….
F1 Racing has the highest viewership rating compared to every other sport in the World. Very Ambitious thought…

The problem is that the media lists the potential viewership rather than any actual figures…that explains the highly distorted figures out there…see this fantastic article abt it :
The Numbers Guy Report – Media Distortion of Viewership Numbers


Some points to be considered before reading ahead :

  • Its a modification of a Top Sports list I found which I tweaked to make it more accurate.
  • From the 6.5 Billion populace, 2.8B live below the poverty line. Also 250M are kids below the age of 2. That leaves us with 3.5B potential sports followers.
  • The USA has a population of only 300M.
  • China(1.3B) & India(1.2B) are the most populous nations in the world. Sports followed by them will naturally have a high standing.


 

  1. Football :
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    Followers : Around 3 Billion Fans.
    Places : Most Places
  3. Cricket :
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    Followers : Around 2 Billion Fans.
    Places : Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia
  5. Field Hockey :
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    Followers : 1.5 Billion Fans.
    Places : Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia
  7. Tennis :
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    Followers : Around 1 Billion Fans.
    Places : Europe, Americas, Asia
  9. Volleyball :
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    Followers : Around 900 Million Fans.
    Places : Asia, Erope, Americas, Australia
  11. Table Tennis:
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    Followers : Around 900 Million Fans.
    Places : Asia, Europe, Africa, Americas
  13. Rugby Union:
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    Followers : Not more than 400 Million Fans.
    Places : South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia,
    USA & many countries in Europe.
  15. Baseball:
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    Followers : Around 300 Million Fans.
    Places : U.S, Japan, Cuba, Dom rep
  17. Basketball :
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    Followers : Around 300M Fans.
    Places : U.S, Canada,China
  19. American Football (Gridiron) :
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    Followers : Not more than 250 Million Fans.
    Places : U.S mainly

Ref :
http://sports.indiainfo.com
CIA Library – Countrywise Population
UN Population Report
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population
Google Insights : A different way to view stats
Anyone Watching Golf?
http://www.sportingo.com/Article.aspx?id=11587

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