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Did you know....according to Godiva....

* There are about 5 to 10 milligrams of caffeine in one ounce of bittersweet chocolate, 5 milligrams in milk chocolate, and 10 milligrams in a six-ounce cup of cocoa; by contrast, there are 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee. You would have to eat more than a dozen chocolate bars, for example, to get the amount of caffeine in one cup of coffee.

* Chocolate has long been heralded for its value as an energy source. Think of it this way: a single chocolate chip provides sufficient food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet; hence, it would take about 35 chocolate chips to go a mile, or 875,000 for an around-the-world hike.

* Although chocolate is not an aphrodisiac, as the ancient Aztecs believed, chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love. Hence, heartbreak and loneliness are great excuses for chocolate overindulgence.

* It is reported that Napoleon carried chocolate with him on his military campaigns, and always ate it when he needed quick energy.

* While solid chocolate certainly is high in fat, just over half the calories in bittersweet, semisweet, and milk chocolate come from fat. And even though the cocoa butter in chocolate is mostly saturated fat, studies have shown that it doesn't appear to raise blood cholesterol.

* It's a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate -- even frequent daily dietary intake -- had no effect on the incidence of acne. Professional dermatologists today do not link acne with diet.

* Ten percent of U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron is found in one ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa. Chocolate also contains Vitamins A1, B1, B2, C, D and E as well as calcium, potassium, sodium and iron.

* Lecithin is an emulsifier used to reduce the viscosity of chocolate. It serves to lessen the amount of cocoa butter required in the manufacturing process.

* Chocolate can be lethal to dogs. Theobromine, an ingredient that stimulates the cardiac muscle and the central nervous system, causes chocolate's toxicity. About two ounces of milk chocolate can be poisonous for a 10-lb puppy.

* Consumers spend more than $7 billion a year on chocolate. More than $1 billion in boxed chocolate sales are estimated between Thanksgiving and New Years.

* US consumers eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate annually, representing nearly half of the world's supply.

* Annual per capita consumption of chocolate is 12 pounds per person.

* American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk -- only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries.

* Most Americans prefer milk chocolate, approximately 92 percent, but dark chocolate's popularity is growing rapidly.

* Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "Psycho" which actually took 7 days to shoot.

* Chocolate has over 500 flavor components, more than twice the amount found in strawberry and vanilla.

* Our national passion for chocolate has spawned a 12 year-old magazine, CHOCOLATIER devoted exclusively to America's favorite flavor.

* GODIVA was founded over 70 years ago in Brussels, Belgium by master chocolatier Joseph Draps in honor of the legend of Lady Godiva.

* GODIVA offers over 200 different chocolates from our elegant shell-moulded pieces to our renowned truffles and most recently introduced Dessert Chocolat.

* Our Open Oyster, which is a shell-moulded chocolate filled with hazelnut praliné, continues to be our best-selling individual chocolate piece.

* One click of a mouse burns 0.0000024 kcals of energy, so if you eat a chocolate bar, you'll need to click your mouse 765,551,000 times to burn it off.

* Over 60 million chocolate rabbits are sold and 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day.


DCRose May 31, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

Great article. Very helpful.
PS. I have had your link and badge on my site for quite awhile. I hope you will do the same. Thanks, DCRose

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My name is Anna.
I am a HUGE lover of Chocolate.
I eat it, I research it, and I live by it.

By day I am a dietician, ironically as it may seem.
By night, I am obsessed with the various aspects related to chocolate.

A Day Without Chocolate is like a day without Sunshine.


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