World Chocolate Day: Scientific Sweets

Victoria Gluch
7 July 2016

Ever wondered how Caramilk bars are made or why dogs can't eat chocolate? In celebration of World Chocolate Day (July 7), we've pulled together CurioCity's top resources on the science of chocolate and sugar.

1) Caramilk Mystery Solved!

How do they get the caramel into the Caramilk bars? The real answer to the mystery isn’t quite as exotic as you might think, but it’s no less clever...

2) Blue Cheese and Chocolate: A Match Made in Science

Ever wonder why some foods just seem to have flavours that go well together? The answer may have a lot to do with the chemistry of smell.

3) Can Chocolate Make Your Brain Work Better?

Researchers have found that consuming foods rich in flavanols is linked to more efficient blood flow, which can improve brain function.

4) The Science of Chocolate

Find out more about the science behind the deliciousness of chocolate!

5) Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

Dogs shouldn't eat chocolate because they can easily become poisoned by consuming this delectable treat. And it's not only dogs, other animals too!

6) Mmm Milk

What's your sport drink of choice? How about a tall glass of cool chocolate milk?

7) Trick or Treat

While all of us eventually outgrow "Trick or Treating" on Halloween, many of us may never outgrow sugar cravings, and there is a good reason why.

8) How Sugar Affects the Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and brain all take notice. This activates a reward system not unlike how our bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine - dopamine levels spike and you crave more. (5:02 min.)

9) Bonnie Douglas - Industrial Engineer

Bonnie uses her scientific skills for 'good' while making delicious ice cream.

10) Sweet Molecule, Dude!

Biologists think that humans love sweets because we evolved from fruit-eating tree dwellers. Since fruits sweeten as they ripen, we associated a sweet taste with food that would give us lots of energy.

Victoria Gluch

 


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