Oct 7, 2011
The Chemistry of Clever Chocolate
Posted by Living, Learning, Eating at 1:21 PM
Anyway, here's a little fun chemistry: radicals earn their negative reputation! Literally - radicals are molecular species with electrons that have unpaired spins (an example of a radical is NO). Because of the unpaired electron spins, radicals are energetically unstable and highly reactive.
HINT: Highly reactive compounds tend not to be something you want to have inside of you. :P
Antioxidants are compounds that react rapidly with radicals, (hopefully) before they can do any/much damage. Consuming antioxidants can thus delay the effects of radicals on your system, keeping you healthy and young longer! And guess what a tasty source of antioxidants is?
So what's clever chocolate?
I'd call this Peppermint Ulimana Truffle clever - made of just a few, simple, organic, raw ingredients and super-delicious to boot!
They're dark and awesome and fudgy as can be. I ate one just like that and then chopped up the other two to make a crazy-awesome sandwich (because you just can't eat three, even though they're small, plain - they're too flavorful).
Whole rye bread topped with a thick layer of plain quark, chopped peppermint truffle, and walnuts from the garden. I had to cut the slice of bread into thirds, because the mountain of toppings would otherwise slide off, and didn't think to take a picture until the last third (above) was the only one left.
Do you understand why certain things are healthy?
Do you care about the 'why'?
What's your favorite subject?
AND: What do you want to be when you grow up (even if you're already a grown up)?