World Chocolate Day!

Everyone loves to indulge in a bit of a chocolatey treat! Today is Chocolate Day, a nod to the historical tradition that marks when chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550! The chocolate we know and love today really is a product of the world with the cacao bean being native to central and south america, the British inventing solid chocolate, milk chocolate coming out of Switzerland and cacao being grown today in Africa.

According the the Forbes list Australia consumes the 7th biggest amount of chocolate per capita each year. Is chocolate really that bad for you? Does it cause acne, is it to blame for cavities, how high in caffeine is it, can it be used as a medicine and why is it so damn delicious? We were joined on the line to talk all these chocolate myths by Professor Merlin Thomas – a physician, scientist and author from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.

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