FOOD & DRINK
04/09/2014 08:59 am ET

These Everyday Foods Aren't What You Think They Are

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Everyone probably knows that a tomato is really a fruit, but does everybody know how many other foods that we call vegetables are actually fruits? Did you know, for example, that a bell pepper is a fruit?

There are a number of seriously surprising foods that you probably think you think you know a lot about but in reality don't fully understand. The terms we commonly use to classify our food -- namely our fruits, vegetables, berries, grains and nuts -- may be leading you astray.

Of course there's a whole genre of processed foods that have misleading names (ahem, bacon bits, which are made of soy protein, not bacon), but that's a rabbit hole we'd rather not go down today. For the purposes of this post, we're focusing on produce and grains. There are plenty of natural foods that throw us for a loop.

Here are 14 foods that aren't what you think:

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14 Foods That Aren't What You Think They Are

And to take it one step further, ALL of these things could be considered vegetables. A vegetable is a culinary term -- it is not a scientific term and is somewhat subject.

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