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Everyone loves chocolate — I feel like that’s more of a fact than an opinion. Unless you’re lactose intolerant, but they make dairy-free chocolate, so even you can enjoy its’ heavenly deliciousness! But what’s the deal with chocolate, really?

This SciShow video, “The Science of Chocolate,” explains how chocolate works and affects our bodies. It also discusses some of chocolates’ chemical properties as well as the difference between the most common terms used in association with chocolate. Cacao is the cold-pressed powder that comes from the cacao plant while cocoa is the product of the plant being pressed using heat. Chocolate is the product of cacao and cocoa being mixed with sugar, milk fat, and other ingredients.

This video talks about some of the chemical properties of chocolate and why it gives you that same feeling that caffeine does. Although chocolate does not contain caffeine, it sometimes gives you the same feeling of alertness and focus that caffeine can give you. However, too much of a good thing is almost always bad. Too much chocolate can cause anxiety, headaches, and well…it can make you fat.

Chocolate is still one of the best things to ever happen to the world, so go ahead and enjoy, but the key is moderation. When eating chocolate, try choosing dark chocolate, as it usually richer and made with less sugar. A piece of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away (or was that apples…oh well).

Check out the video below for more fun facts about our favorite indulgence!

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?

Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.