Monday, April 15, 2013

Chocolate and "fat bloom" ... it's not what you think

When you hear these two things together -- "chocolate" and "fat bloom" -- you're thinking ... oh I see, I eat chocolate and then my fat blooms.

Actually, fat bloom is like sugar bloom in your chocolate. All it means is that either the fat or the sugar crystallizes together and forms something you can visually see.  


Your chocolate SHOULD be shiny, and have a snap to it when you break it. 

However, if you have Bloom, it will have a whitish sheen or coating or spottiness to it. It's okay and it doesn't necessarily mean the chocolate has gone bad, although fat bloom is worst than sugar bloom. 

Sugar bloom is the crystallization of the sugar crystals and occurs when moisture hits your chocolate. Very common. Very normal. Fat Bloom happens when the chocolate hasn't been made well (tempered correctly by the manufacturer). 

How can you tell the difference? With a simple test (from the Amano chocolate website, great summary article here)

One way you can easily check to see if a piece of chocolate has undergone sugar bloom or fat bloom is to lick your finger and touch it to the chocolate. If the dusty appearance disappears, then it is sugar bloom. (The moisture on your finger dissolved the sugar crystals on the chocolate.) If the bloom remains, then it is fat bloom.
And, of course, if you don't want to work up your own personal "fat bloom", the bottom line (pun, totally intended) is to eat really good chocolate but eat it in control. 


For more information: Click here to visit Will Clower's website.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Newsflash: Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure


Isn't it crazy that we have to "discover" that eggs are good for you? We've been eating eggs forever, and all healthy cultures eat eggs. In fact, the heart-healthiest people on planet earth eat eggs, to the tune of about 1 every single day. And it's not JUST the egg whites, they eat the yolks too. Healthy people.

Crazy right? Haven't those heart healthy people read our theories about how eggs -- and especially their yolks -- are actually harming their hearts? In stead of being so heart healthy all the time, they should hop on the newest trends and start eating Egg Beaters.

I actually like this article because it validates the observations we can all see are true. Egg whites are good for you. Just note, however, that just because egg whites are good for you doesn't mean the whole egg is not.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

The Healthy Foods You Should Eat. Every. Day!

You know those little "champagne" mangoes? They're out right now!! 

Go find them. Eat them. You can eat them on a boat, you can eat them with a goat, you can eat them on a train, you can eat them in the rain!! 
If you want to add a wonderful food to your life, which will make you happy every. single. time. it happens, get these little mangoes and slice them up every chance you get.

Here's What You Do
Just take the skin off with a potato peeler. Then, you can cut the meat off with a knife, along the long edge of the seed (it's oblong, meaning that it's wide on one side and skinny on the other). After you've carved off the mango meat off the front and the back side of the seed, you have two choices:

1. trim the bit of meat that remains around the outside of the seed.
2. just chew on it ... for quality control, you know, to, um, make sure it's safe for everyone else, you know.

Use mango as a dessert, use it as an addition to your salad, or add it to avocado/lime/cumin to make the best salsa on the planet!!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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