Zee Media Bureau
London: Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Those who relish the sinful dessert and have to avoid it because you have to “watch your weight”, may soon be able to end their suffering.
For those of you who give in to eating sugar-free chocolates to satisfy your longing and sacrifice your taste buds, can also heave a sigh of relief!
They don't even fee like chocolates, do they? Well, soon, you can look forward to guilt-free snacking on chocolates soon, because researchers have found a way to make fat-free versions of chocolate delicious by also making them one of the melt-in-the-mouth quality!
By reducing the fat content, makers in turn, make the chocolates harder and less likely to melt in the mouth.
But according to researchers, adding limonene -- a compound found in lemons and orange -- could improve lower-fat versions' texture and ability to melt and could reinstate chocolate's delightful properties, that people find irresistable.
It may also result in a smoother, softer chocolate that melts more easily than typical reduced-fat chocolates.
The team found that adding the limonene accelerated cocoa butter crystallisation at 63 degree Fahrenheit, but inhibited cocoa butter crystallisation at 68 degree Fahrenheit.
Varied concentrations of limonene also affected the crystallisation steps of the cocoa butter differently, so they could ultimately affect the texture of chocolate.
Carefully choosing the amount of limonene and the temperature at which chocolate is processed could lead to a smoother, more luxurious reduced-fat chocolate, the researchers suggested.
The findings were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
(With IANS inputs)