Was German chocolate cake really created in Germany? Will eating too many carrots actually turn you orange? Find out the answers to these common food legends—plus get some fantastic recipes, to boot.
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Chinese Chicken Salad
Food Myth: Eating celery negates its calories.
Chewing and digesting celery does not expend more calories than there are in the vegetable, unfortunately. According to TIME, there are no "negative-calorie" foods. At 6 calories per stalk, however, it's still a healthy addition to Asian chicken salad.
Food Myth: Drumettes come from baby chickens.
The small drumstick-shaped pieces of chicken that look like legs are actually upper segments of the wing. Use both parts in this recipe for Maple-Chipotle Hot Wings.
Food Myth: Potato chips were a happy accident.
In 1853, wise guy chef George Crum fried thinly-sliced potatoes supercrisp out of spite for a customer who complained that his French fries were undercooked and too thick. For a twist, opt for these Chile-Cheese Yucca Chips.
Food Myth: A human finger turned up in fast-food chili.
In 2006, a Las Vegas couple was sentenced to time in prison for that fraudulent claim. Find short ribs and three kinds of chiles in our Texas-style chili with Beer.
Food Myth: Tapioca nearly sunk a ship.
In 1972, an emergency responder declared the sinking Swiss freighter Cassarate "a huge tapioca time bomb" after a fire (and the water used to extinguish it) cooked its cargo: 1,500 tons of tapioca. Here's tapioca pudding with vanilla, not sea water.
Food Myth: Turkey puts you to sleep.
Though often attributed to tryptophan, an amino acid present in turkey and most other proteins, that Thanksgiving food coma is likely due to the carbohydrate-rich holiday meal. This roast turkey is updated with lemon and chives.