Fun Fact Friday – The Secrets of Chocolate Revealed
By: Stevie Hoey
October 19, 2012 9:51 am CT
Chocolate is an essential part of my diet, but it occasionally receives some bad rapport for its unhealthy benefits. So it’s important for me to share the facts and to prove this dark, rich joy has been misjudged.
Chocolate is one of the most popular favorite foods and contains more than 500 flavor components. It comes in all shapes and sizes and pairs effortlessly with a range of foods from peaches to pie, cauliflower to chili.
The chocolate bar will never expire if stored in the freezer, which is good, considering consumers spend more than $20 billion annually on chocolate. There are no allergies caused solely by chocolate, only when mixed with nuts or other foods, making it a decadent treat for almost everyone. Recent studies have even found that chocolate is good for hearth health!
In addition to chocolate’s overall deliciousness and health benefits, it boasts an innovative influence, as it is technically responsible for the microwave. In 1945, scientists were experimenting with micro waves in hopes of creating better radar detectors during World War II. When a scientist named Percy Spencer entered the lab, a chocolate bar in his pocket quickly began to melt. Spencer then realized that the magnetron could potentially be used to cook food. He successfully tried popping corn and then attempted to cook an egg which cooked so quickly, it blew up in his face.
Chocolate is much more than just a candy. It deserves recognition for being a sweet, heart disease fighting, long lasting, fulfilling food, which is why I eat it with every meal!