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January 11, 2011
I somehow managed to miss National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, which was yesterday, but I thought I'd make up for it today.
Since even more recent studies, than the last recent studies, have revealed it's good for you.
Due to its high cocoa content, it's a source of certain flavonoids, like epicatechin and gallic acid, that may be protective for the heart, and because of its antioxidant compounds, may also play a role in lowering blood pressure.
Just thought you'd want to know.
So what is it?
It's called bittersweet because it is.
Available in bars and blocks, it's essentially a mixture of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and sometimes vanilla.
Those concerned about alcohol content will be happy to note that the chocolate liquor, despite its name, contains no alcohol.
Rather, it's a form of cocoa produced by grinding cocoa beans down into liquid form.
The percentage of chocolate liquor fluctuates in different countries — 35 percent in the U.S. In Great Britain, the figure is somewhat higher, at 43 percent.
The more liquor the more intense its flavor will be; high-quality bittersweet chocolate may contain 65 to 70 percent, and is justifiably pricey.
If you're going to spend money on anything, well...
We owe chocolate to the Cacao Tree that grows in the tropical rainforests of the Americas.
The Mayans and Aztecs, some 2000 years ago, realized those seeds can be processed into chocolate.
Later, the Spanish conquistadors brought the seeds back home to Spain, and the rest, as they say, is history and eventually milkshakes.
Okay, now, to the vital question.
Do we have any scientific evidence beyond the known "fact" that two women, in a table with two men, will order the chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, or chocolate sorbet, while the men will opt for the cheesecake, fresh raspberries, or Key Lime pie.
(Although there are exceptions.)
The difference has something to do with estrogen levels.
Others think women own up to their chocolate love more often than men because men think it's not manly.
(And Key Lime pie is?)
Well, we clearly have a lot to digest.
Why does it seem women like chocolate so much more than men do? whyfiles.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Bittersweet chocolate recipes recipeland.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
A Brief History of Chocolate smithsonianmag.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
How do you like your chocolate?