Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Chocolates are a girl's best friend, a boy's go-to gift to cheer their girlfriends up and even a baby's daily dose of surprise from their parents. But, there are those people who are massive chocoholics, but have to avoid the sinful dessert because they want to lose weight.
Well, you won't have to do that anymore! Because scientists have found a way to make your favourite sweet healthier.
How? By giving it an electric shock! Well, literally.
Physicists from Temple University in Philadelphia are the brains behind the discovery. By running liquid chocolate through an electric field, researchers were able to make it flow more easily, which means that it doesn't need so much fat.
As per The Register, cocoa butter, a vital ingredient of most chocolate, boosts fat levels and is added to give chocolate a smooth velvety texture when it melts in the mouth, so when it’s taken away or substituted, the chocolate becomes gloopy.
The high concentration of cocoa solids left in chocolate with reduced levels of cocoa butter increases its viscosity and sometimes can even jam the flow of liquid heaven in chocolate factories.
Therefore, by zapping the liquid chocolate with an electric field along its direction of flow, it polarises the cocoa molecules and causes them to clump into spheroids, which allows easier flow.
According to CTV News, Rongjia Tao, a researcher said that he didn't feel that any change in the taste of the chocolate, however, his colleagues in his lab seemed to think it tasted better than usual.