5 Common Misconceptions

This misconception Monday we’re focusing on five common misconceptions ranging from microwaves to how much caffeine is actually in a cup of coffee versus a shot of espresso.

1. Placing Any Kind Of Metal In A Microwave Is Bad News

When you place metal inside a microwave, it doesn’t damage the oven’s electronics. However, there are other safety-related issues such as electrical arcing possibly occurring on pieces of metal not designed for use in a microwave and metal objects may become too hot which can damage food, skin, or the interior of the oven.

Metallic objects that are specifically designed for microwave use can be used in a microwave with no danger; some examples are metallized surfaces used in pizza-cooking platforms and browning sleeves.


2. MSG Triggers Migraines

There is no stable data supporting monosodium glutamate (MSG) as triggering migraine headaches or other symptoms of so-called “Chinese” restaurant syndrome. Although there have been reports of a small group of MSG-sensitive people in the population, this has not been proven in placebo-controlled trials.

3. Twinkies Will Last Through The Apocalypse

Everyone seems to think that Twinkies will last through the apocalypse. However, Twinkies have a shelf life of approximately 45 days (25 in their original formulation)—far shorter than the common myth of the cakes being edible for decades or even longer. They generally remain on a store shelf for only 7 to 10 days.

4. Fortune Cookies Aren’t From China

Fortune cookies, despite being associated with Chinese cuisine in the United States, were invented and brought to the U.S. by the Japanese. The cookies are extremely rare in China, where they are seen as symbols of American cuisine. That makes them even cooler in my opinion.

5. Espresso Has More Caffeine

A standard cup of brewed coffee has more caffeine than a single shot of espresso. The belief that the reverse is true results from espresso having a higher concentration of caffeine, which is offset by the much larger volume overall of a regular cup of coffee. Therefore, if you have a latte with one shot of espresso it is, in fact, weaker than a brewed cup of coffee of the same size.

Comment below with your favorite misconception that you’ve heard!


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