Thursday, September 22, 2011

Looking Into Some Interesting Facts About Chocolate

Chocolate is so common these days it is hard to imagine life without it. However, when it was first brought to Europe from Central America it was considered a luxury item since it was still fairly rare in Europe
. This is just one of the many historical oddities about chocolate.

There are a number of myths about chocolate that many people still believe. It has actually been shown that this delicious treat does not cause acne, and that it is actually a better candy choice than sticky or hard candies when it comes to preventing tooth decay.
In fact, one of the interesting facts about chocolate that you might not be aware of is that it actually contains a very healthy component called flavinoids that has health benefits. Of course this is more true of dark chocolate than the milk confection, and the dark kind has less sugar as well, so it is definitely the healthier option.
Many people give their pets treats of "human food" from time to time, but you should be careful about doing this with chocolate. One ingredient is theobromine which is actually toxic to pets, even though it is perfectly safe for people to eat it (thank goodness).
Chocolate has a low melting point, which is below the normal body temperature for people. This is why, as the advertisements blast on the airways, it melts in your hand but it also melts in your mouth.
Although we love our chocolate in the United States, there are a lot of countries around where people eat even more candy than we do. Looking into interesting facts about this fine chocolate treat you can discover that even though we eat almost 12 pounds per person per year, people in Denmark eat more than double that at 30 pounds per person per year.
Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which are produced in a number of different countries around the world. Many people don't realize that the confection actually tastes different depending on where they beans were grown. It is possible to actually attend a chocolate tasting where you can taste treats made from beans grown in different countries and get an idea of the differences.
Obviously it is easier to tell the differences using dark chocolates since this is purer and has fewer extra ingredients.

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