21 Food Lies Our Parents Told Us

As kids everything our parents said was gospel, we never doubted their knowledge for a second…until we got old enough to start questioning it. For some reason one thing parents seem to love doing is lying to us about food, what it is and where it comes from – why I’m not sure, I’m not a parent but it seems to be the done thing.

One that has always effected me was what my loving mother and father told me about dates. Apparently they were toe jam, the gunk you could pick out of your toes at the end of the day which was then rolled up into a date like snack which people then ate. Yes. That is what they told me, and I still can’t eat a date.

So here they are, a few of the lies parents have told their children about food:

The Classics:

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Bread crusts will make your hair curly

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Carrots help you see in the dark

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Spinach will make you strong

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Cheese comes from quarries

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Haggis is an animal that lives in Scotland

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Eating cheese before bed will give you nightmares

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If you eat the seeds from a piece of fruit, a tree will grow in your tummy

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The moon is made of cheese

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If you swallow bubble gum it will stay in your tummy for years

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Don’t eat fish and then drink milk, you will get spots

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You can never eat a whole sugared doughnut without licking lips


The More Imaginative Ones:

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If you try a new food you’ll live 72 days longer

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Chocolate milk comes from brown cows and regular milk comes from black and white cowsΒ (no, no one knows where strawberry milk comes from)

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Bubble gum will get wrapped around your tonsils

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Fish fingers were actually from a type of fish that had fingers and they cut them off and breaded them

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Curly Wurlys were worms covered in chocolate

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The ice cream van only plays it’s tune when they have run out of ice cream

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Eat your cabbage or your boobs won’t grow

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Children don’t drink coffee, if they do they will grow a moustache

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If you eat the burnt toast you’ll get rich

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The fish fingers on your plate are actually chicken sticks, just eat them

19 comments

  1. LOL , This is intersting. The only one I remember is “If you eat the seeds from a piece of fruit, a tree will grow in your tummy”. And I was dead scared of eating seed πŸ˜‰

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  2. These are hilarious!!! I’ve never heard some of them, but they would definitely have traumatized me as a kid. But wait – are you telling me that bubble gum doesn’t actually stay in your tummy for 7 years if you swallow it, because I TOTALLY STILL BELIEVED THAT, WTF MOM.

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  3. I’m laughing hysterically! I think my parents told me almost all of them and here I am today! No tree growing in my tummy and the gum must have made it out of my body by now! Gotta love the “fear” approach our parents used! Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. Haha, these are great! Some of them I definitely remember, like carrots helping you see in the dark.
    And I love the ‘ice cream truck only plays the song when they’re out of ice cream.’

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    • I gathered them from people from all over the place, I hadn’t heard some of them either, it’s interesting how different cultures have their own little fibs everyone tells…

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  5. Hahaha, I’m not sure how common some of these are, they may be particular to your family! I will say though, that spinach WILL make you strong…not in a magical Pop Eye kind of way but it has a lot of iron and healthy nutrients. And carrots contain beta carotene, which does contribute eye health.
    My mom used to tell me that there was a park in my stomach and if I didn’t eat it, there would be no trees in the park and everyone would be sad.

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    • I know there is truth in some of them – they had to come from somewhere after all! I made the list up after asking a bunch of people in various Facebook groups so it’s a collection of different cultures – I noticed people from the same places came up with similar ones so apparently no children are safe from the lies! Haha sometimes you have to tell fibs to get little ones to do things I suppose.

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