That's how my brain feels like! Yeah.. have not been blogging as I used to (3 posts a day.. not even 1 a day). And I wonder if I should squeeze a post topic out of my puny processor up there or should I stick to writing a good post with information? Well.. I decided to do a little filler post.
Guess I was spending most of my mornings and afternoons drinking coffee somewhere or following Mr K to work. So most of the time I'm caffeine-intoxicated by Coffee or Chocolates.
Yeap for those that do not know this, Chocolates contain Caffeine too. I recall reading it in an article that it is advisable for Pregnant Mums to cut down on their Coffee, Tea and Chocolate consumption. And according to this chart in about.com, Dark Chocolate contains much more Caffeine than the Milk ones. Caffeine exists in the Cocoa seeds, Husk and Leaves. The good news is the fatty Cocoa Butter does not contain any Caffeine.
The other substance Theobromine exists in higher levels than Caffeine in the Cocao Beans. It works pretty much the same way as Caffeine in Coffee. So Chocolate makes you happy? You know why!
While searching for the substances making up Chocolates, I chanced upon the most common ingredient for most commercial chocolates... E322, Soy Lecithin. Sounds familiar. Read the label of your chocolate bar and you'll find it. This emulsifier is added to the chocolates so that the chocolate manufacturers can make a smooth chocolate without adding more cocoa butter. Why do I raise concern about this E number? A simple google will churn out search results of the nature of this Soy Lecithin. Don't be fooled. This Lecithin is not like most that exists in every living cells. This E322 is a Genetically Modified substance derived from Soy Bean Oil. Yes, we have been eating those chocolates without realising that we've been consuming this GMO substance at the expense of lower manufacturing costs??
More information about E322 at this link.
Why are we the consumers not educated about GMO in our most common food product without any sort of labelling??