Roasting conditions & polyphenol levels in cocoa beans.

Roasting conditions & polyphenol levels in cocoa beans.

Raw chocolate versus traditional roasted chocolate. Raw chocolate is a growing sector within the chocolate industry, and often boasts high levels of antioxidants, higher than traditional roasted chocolate. However, we often don’t get a chance to see actual hard evidence of the levels of antioxidants in such foods. Zyzelewicz et al. analyzed how various roasting techniques changed the levels of polyphenols within raw versus roasted cacao beans.

Oxalates, Chocolate, & Kidney Stones

Oxalates, Chocolate, & Kidney Stones

Chocolate is being pushed into the “superfoods” category. However, it’s important to keep in mind that although dark chocolate has its benefits in regards to health and nutrition, it is also high in fat, calorie dense, and contains significant levels of oxalate. Oxalates are tied to kidney stones, and those who suffer from kidney stones are often suggested to limit or reduce their intake of chocolate and cocoa products.

Molecular Flavour profile of Chocolate

Molecular Flavour profile of Chocolate

Fine chocolate, unlike commercial chocolate, contains aromas such as pear, bread, and hazelnut.  This is due to the volatile aroma molecules developed during processing.  Take a peek into the flavour profile of one specific chocolate bar, Blanco de Criollo by Amedei.  

Ill-mannered Behaviour Enhances Flavour

Ill-mannered Behaviour Enhances Flavour

It may be rude to make a lot of noise while you eat.  Breathing heavily while your table guest is trying to enjoy their meal.  However, research and mindful experience has taught us that mouth movements, mindful eating, and proper breathing techniques greatly enhance the flavour of our food.