The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists Forum

Author Topic: A ridiculous amount of chocolate!  (Read 15684 times)

paul.fr

  • Guest
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« on: 31/08/2008 18:21:44 »
A ridiculous amount of chocolate! Did I really hear Dave say that?


 

Offline Make it Lady

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 4050
  • Hands-on fun for everyone!
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #1 on: 01/09/2008 14:46:10 »
Chocolate is not rediculous and no quantity of said confectionary is silly either. Take that Dave!
 

Offline neilep

  • Withdrawnmist
  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 20602
  • Thanked: 8 times
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #2 on: 02/09/2008 01:36:43 »
Thought I'd repost this here as it's seems to be apt !



 Chocolate is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree

 
 Research suggests chocolate may have health benefits
 
 Chocolate cravings may be a symptom of addiction
 
 Chocolate contains the same 'happy' chemicals found in some recreational drugs.


A Stack of chocolate relaxing yesterday.


The first chocolate bars

In the 1800s, solid chocolate became popular, with the invention of moulding processes. Mechanical grinders crushed cocoa beans to a fine powder that could be heated and poured into moulds, forming shapes as it cooled.

Dutchman Coenrad Van Houten perfected the extraction of cocoa butter from cocoa beans in 1825. The beans are crushed to a paste, which is subjected to very high pressure, forming chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. The extracted butter is smoothed and treated to remove any odours.

In the 1880s, Rudolphe Lindt of Switzerland started adding extra cocoa butter during chocolate manufacture, to make it smoother and glossier. Cocoa butter melts at around 97F, which is human body temperature. That's why chocolate melts in the mouth.

Some Cocoa Pods hanging around yesterday.

Chocolate craving
 
The love of chocolate goes beyond the call of sweetness. Chocolate can induce craving in a way that other sugary products like toffee or marshmallow don't. Chocolate makes us feel good, but can it really be addictive?
General sweetness aside, there are various chemical elements specific to chocolate that may help to stimulate cravings. In fact, chocolate contains over 300 chemicals and it is not known how all of these affect humans.

A Cup of chocolate...errhm.....yesterday !

Many women report particular chocolate cravings when pre-menstrual. This is possibly because chocolate contains magnesium, a shortage of which can exacerbate pre-menstrual tension. Similar cravings during pregnancy could indicate mild anaemia, which chocolate's iron content may help to cure.

Love drug?

Chocolate contains a natural 'love drug'. Tryptophan is a chemical that the brain uses to make a neurotransmitter called serotonin. High levels of serotonin can produce feelings of elation, even ecstasy - hence the name of the designer drug that also works by increasing serotonin levels.

A chocolate orgy earlier today !

Lust drug?
While tryptophan could be considered 'chocolate's ecstasy', another chemical called phenylethylamine has earned the nickname 'chocolate amphetamine.' High levels of this neurotransmitter help promote feelings of attraction, excitement, giddiness and apprehension. Phenylethylamine works by stimulating the brain's pleasure centres and reaches peak levels during orgasm.


A Cake with some chocolate sauce earlier today !




Chocolate chemistry

Like other sweet food, chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins, natural body hormones that generate feelings of pleasure and well-being.General sweetness aside, there are various chemical elements specific to chocolate that may help to stimulate cravings. In fact, chocolate contains over 300 chemicals and it is not known how all of these affect humans.

Many women report particular chocolate cravings when pre-menstrual. This is possibly because chocolate contains magnesium, a shortage of which can exacerbate pre-menstrual tension. Similar cravings during pregnancy could indicate mild anaemia, which chocolate's iron content may help to cure.


Errhm..not chocolate but coffee beans !!
« Last Edit: 02/09/2008 01:42:00 by neilep »
 

Offline chemtester

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 27
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #3 on: 05/09/2008 00:44:41 »
I actually lost 15 lbs by eating the chocolate protein bars from chocolaterave.com they are good, filling, and are equiv. to two eggs from what I understand. I don't crave sweets at all anymore and eating way less...happy camper!
 

paul.fr

  • Guest
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #4 on: 05/09/2008 00:47:10 »
I actually lost 15 lbs by eating the chocolate protein bars from chocolaterave.com they are good, filling, and are equiv. to two eggs from what I understand. I don't crave sweets at all anymore and eating way less...happy camper!

I lost 15 ($30) buy buying and eating the real thing!
 

Offline Make it Lady

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 4050
  • Hands-on fun for everyone!
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #5 on: 06/09/2008 20:23:43 »
I lost 12 lbs of ugly fat by chopping my head off!
 

Offline JnA

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 1093
  • Stunt Scientist
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #6 on: 15/09/2008 02:09:47 »
I hadn't looked at the kitchen science page until they promised a chocolate teapot. It looked delicious. But I think you should have filled the pot many times with tea to see how many brews you could get out of it.
 

Offline rosy

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 1018
  • Chemistry
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #7 on: 15/09/2008 11:41:53 »
Quote
But I think you should have filled the pot many times with tea to see how many brews you could get out of it.
We did actually re-fill it. The spout fell off pouring the first cup of the second pot-full...
 

Offline JnA

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 1093
  • Stunt Scientist
    • View Profile
A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #8 on: 16/09/2008 12:54:22 »
Ah well, so it goes.

 

The Naked Scientists Forum

A ridiculous amount of chocolate!
« Reply #8 on: 16/09/2008 12:54:22 »

 

SMF 2.0.10 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
SMFAds for Free Forums