Food For Thought

 Food for thought...
Chocolate to Pets
No. It's considered to be poisonous to dogs, cats and other pets and can even be lethal.
Best to stick with doggie treats. They're safer.
Caffeine in Chocolate
There is less caffeine in chocolate than in a cup of coffee. However, people who are avoiding caffeine should unfortunately stay away from chocolate as well. There is about 30 mg of caffeine in an average chocolate bar. A cup of coffee contains about 100-500 mg. If in doubt, always ask your doctor.
Chocolate causes acne?
Despite decades of teenage angst, studies dating as far back as 1960 show no link between eating chocolate and getting acne. The Journal of the American Medical Association, after reviewing extensive research on chocolate and acne, stated "diet plays no role in acne treatment in most patients... even large amounts of chocolate have not clinically exacerbated acne."
Chocolate causes hyperactivity?
Blame the clown. Birthday parties cause hyperactivity - not the chocolate that's served. Studies that specifically tested chocolate failed to show any relationship between eating it and hyperactive behavior in children. It is believed the high-stimulus environment in which sugary foods are eaten, such as a birthday party, is what affects behavior.
An allergy to chocolate is common
 Chocolate is not a typical food allergen. Of the approximately one to two percent of American adults and five to eight percent of children that have a true food allergy, 90 percent are allergic to either milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish or shellfish. Depending on the type of chocolate, one or more of these ingredients could be present in a chocolate product. Read labels carefully.
 Storing Chocolate
Best kept at around 68-72 degrees and has a shelf life of about a year. Hmm...a year? Not around here... Freezing chocolate is not a good idea. When you freeze it, then thaw, it has a tendency to "bloom" (white, filmy residue). This occurs when the cocoa butter in the chocolate separates from the cocoa solids. Chocolate starts melting around 75 degrees!
Fun Facts...
Fun Facts about Kisses
While it's not known exactly how KISSES got their name, it is a popular theory that the candy was named for the sound or motion of the chocolate being deposited during the manufacturing process.
An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space -- that's almost 40 football fields. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.*
Fun Facts about cost of diapers
Disposable diaper costs an average of $.24 per change.
$.24 per change x 49 changes per week = $11.76 per week
$11.76 per week x 130 week per diapering period = $1528.80
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