Why regular chocolate turns white and is it safe to eat: scientists gave their answer
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Sometimes a white coating or white spots appear on dark or milk chocolate. Some people find this scary, but it's not really all that scary.
It happens that the chocolate that you recently purchased turned out to be covered with a white coating or white spots. For many people, this will be an unpleasant surprise. Therefore, the question immediately arises: is it possible to eat such chocolate, is it dangerous for health? Scientists have explained why chocolate has such features and whether it is safe, writes Live Science.
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According to Nathan Keel of the University of Tasmania, Australia, chocolate, both milk and dark, can get a not-so-appetizing finish – white patches or white spots. This is the result of a chemical reaction called “chocolate bloom”.
“Chocolate is made from cocoa beans that are fermented and roasted. This triggers certain chemical reactions that help make this delicacy tasty and aromatic. On average, cocoa beans contain about 50% cocoa butter and 50% cocoa fiber. Cocoa butter is the fatty part of the cocoa beans and the cocoa fiber is the dark part of the chocolate.These fibers give the chocolate its color and most of the flavor, while the butter melts at human body temperature and thus the chocolate melts in the mouth.” .
Dark chocolate is made from crushed cocoa mass, and milk chocolate is made with the addition of milk. As for white chocolate, it is also made with milk, but it does not contain cocoa fibers.
“Chocolate bloom occurs when the molecules inside the chocolate bar or candy begin to move. The result is two types of white deposits or spots – sugar and fat. The latter occurs when cocoa butter moves to the surface of the chocolate due to heat, exposure to light or If the environment is too humid, or if the chocolate is moved from the refrigerator to a room that is too warm,” says Kila.
According to the scientist, white-stained or stained chocolate loses its structure and taste. Although you can still eat it, since it is harmless to health.
“You can eat such chocolate, although it may not feel very pleasant in your mouth, in particular it looks like you eat chalk or sand. From a health point of view, it is safe, from a taste point of view, it is not very pleasant,” says Kila.
At the same time, it is possible and very easy to return chocolate to normal. According to the scientist, for this you need to simply melt the chocolate with a coating or spots. This will bring the treat back to its original texture and flavor.
“This chocolate can even be heated in the microwave. It can be added to baked goods or made into fondue,” says Keela.
Focus already wrote that scientists told how much chocolate you need to eat a day to become a happy person.