Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Interesting Facts About Chocolates

Irresistible Chocolate 

Chocolate has grow to be one of the most popular food in the world, and a immense number of food things involving chocolate have been produced. Nothing beats a good bit of tasty, smooth and creamy  chocolate. People have been obsessing over this comfort food for many years and all that craving has give in some astonishing studies and findings. Here are some facts about chocolate:
  • The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolat”, which ironically means “bitter water”.
  • Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, and about 66 percent of the world’s cocoa production comes from the west of Africa.
  • Commercial chocolate often contains more sugar than cocoa.
  • Chocolate is a valuable energy source. One chip of chocolate can give sufficient energy for an adult human to walk 150 feet.
  • It is very rare to have an allergy to chocolate and it can actually help to cure depression. 
  • Women are much more likely to be addicted to it than men, and more men prefer dark chocolate to the milk variety.
  • Chocolate can in fact be good for you. Studies show that dark chocolate is able to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, stimulate the brain and prevent cancer.
  • Chocolate has been used in some form for at least 3,000 years. Its earliest documented use is in about 1400 BC in Honduras, where it was used to make alcoholic drinks.
  • On average, people eat about 5 kg of chocolate per year. The Swiss eat the most chocolate – about 10 kg per person annually.
  • About 50% of world’s chocolate output is consumed in America 
  • Chocolate has been supplied to every American space voyage.
  • In 1875, the first milk chocolate was made by Henri Nestle.
  • You would have to consume 10 chocolate bars to get as much caffeine as is in a cup of coffee.
  • Over 17,000 people in Belgium work in the chocolate industry. 
  • Chocolate chips were first used in baking in 1937 and today over 17 billion chocolate chips are eaten every year.
  • In 2000, the biggest bar of chocolate ever made weighed 5,000 pounds was produced in Turin, Italy.
  • Chocolate manufacturers presently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.
  • Microwave was developed because of Chocolate.  Scientists were experimenting with micro waves in anticipation of making better radar detectors and in the wake of World War II, scientists were testing devices called magnetrons.  A scientist named Percy Spencer entered the laboratory with a chocolate bar in his pocket and realized it promptly began to melt. Spencer then realized that the magnetron could potentially be used to cook food. 
  •  In 1842, Cadbury’s in England created the world's first chocolate bar.
  • One ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa contains 10% of the daily recommended ingestion of iron.
  • You would have to eat more than a dozen chocolate bars to equal the amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee.
  • Chocolate discharges similar chemical into your body which is formed when you start falling in love.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Magnitude 7.2 major earthquake strikes Philippines

Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City

This past few days, Philippines have been suffering from different natural phenomena. Luzon have been bashed by tropical storms, Mindanao go through war tensions and just yesterday a strong earthquake shaken the Visayas Region mainly in province of Bohol as the epicenter.

It was a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol and other part of Central Visayas. Executive Director of Philvocs,  Dr. Renato Solidum  said that the Bohol seismic activity is within the category of a major earthquake that has an energy equivalent around 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs.

Numerous roads and bridges were broken, making rescue process even hard. Historic places, province trademarks, a number of business establishments and hundreds of households have been devastated. But the major matter, historic churches way back from the Spanish period suffered the most. Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu City loses its bell tower to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

Almost half of a 17th-century limestone church in Loboc town, was reduced to wreckage, as was the largest church on the island in Loon town, where three devotees  were buried alive.

Bohol and Cebu have declared a state of calamity. The death toll increases and now has a total of 110 people.