Chocolate Even Tastier?

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.

Chocolate is created from the cocoa bean. A cacao tree with fruit pods in various stages of ripening

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.

Read the full story in the “Herald Sun”

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.

Learn more about Chocolate in Wikipedia.

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8 Responses to Chocolate Even Tastier?

  1. malc50 says:

    How interesting! Thanks again (TA) magsx2. “Cacao beans were often used as currency. For example, the Aztecs used a system in which one turkey cost one hundred cacao beans and one fresh avocado was worth three beans. All of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax, or as the Aztecs called it, a “tribute”.”

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Glad you enjoyed the post. I also learned a fair bit more about chocolate. I remember many years ago reading about the beans being used for currency, didn’t realize it was the Aztecs, that is also very interesting.

      I haven’t had time to go through Wikipedia yet, only got about half way, but will go right through it as there seemed to be some very interesting facts in there as well.

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  4. The chocolates I was given on Christmas Day tasted as though they were made 3000 years ago! Talk about stale – – –

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi archiearchive FCD,
      Really, sounds like you were ripped off, or maybe the people that brought them got ripped off, either way it certainly isn’t fair or right, how disappointing.

  5. Elchico says:

    Supreme quality chocolate? Great great great news 🙂 I eat an indecent amount of chocolate in all its forms (I put that on the account of my Swiss side). But it’s okay, it reduces the risk of heart attack! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539254,00.html

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Elchico,
      I’m also a chocolate lover, have been for as long as I can remember. Great story in fox news, from the article:-
      “Previous studies have found that chocolate offers heart protection to older men and women, and lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.” If that’s the case sounds like both of us are safe. 😀
      Thank You for visiting, and your comment.

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