Chocolate may soon be about to get even more irresistible thanks to new research.
Scientists have pieced together the genetic code of the cacao tree, from which the “food of the gods” is obtained.
They believe the DNA sequence will lead to chocolate that is healthier, more sustainable and more delicious.
The researchers worked with a variety of cacao called Criollo that produces the world’s best chocolate.
It was domesticated by the Maya people of Central America 3000 years ago, but is seldom grown in its pure form today.
Cacao farmers now prefer hybrid trees that yield poorer chocolate but are more resistant to disease.
Currently, production of fine cocoa – the raw ingredient of chocolate made from cacao beans – makes up less than 5 per cent of the world total.
But the new genome, or genetic code blueprint, could see a return to the supreme quality chocolate enjoyed by the Maya.
Scientists hope the information will be used to develop high-quality, disease-resistant strains.
Imagine eating chocolate that tasted like it used to 3,000 years ago, the mind boggles. I know chocolate tastes different in different Counties, we have, what I consider anyway, some very nice chocolate here in Australia. I have tried other chocolates of course, some are better, and some are plain awful with hardly any taste. I hope they succeed with this experiment, as being a chocoholic from way back, I would definitely line up to have a taste.
Potential Health Effects of Chocolate.
The possible health effects of chocolate include both positive and negative effects. While chocolate is regularly eaten for pleasure, there are potential beneficial health effects of eating chocolate. Cocoa or dark chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system. Other possible effects under basic research include anticancer, brain stimulator, cough preventor and antidiarrhoeal activities. An aphrodisiac effect is yet unproven.
A study reported by the BBC indicated that melting chocolate in one’s mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with passionate kissing, and also lasted four times as long after the activity had ended.