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Interesting Facts About Chocolate In 11 Diagrams

Interesting Facts About Chocolate In 11 Diagrams

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    G.B. Shaw famously said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

    When that food is chocolate, it’s an obsessive passion for many of us. It’s not called the “food of the Gods” without reason. Nothing satiates a sweet tooth like decadent, indulgent, and rich chocolate. No wonder it’s a popular gift to express your love.

    Chocolate brings out the child in most of us. It reminds us of our childhood and happy memories. It brings delight and happiness and comfort on days you need some TLC. It’s the most popular confection of all times, yet how much do you know about this beautiful confection that you crave and devour with such deep love?

    Let’s get to know this significant part of our lives a little better shall we?

    Where does chocolate come from?

    We all know the Mayans gave us chocolate, but do you know how chocolate became such a beloved confection? The discovery of the Theobroma Cacao tree by the Europeans introduced the world to the magic of chocolate.

    Do you know which European country was the first to experience the delights of cocoa? Do you know who made the first chocolate bar? Before coffee shops, chocolate houses were a popular place to hangout and meet friends. Do you know which city was the first to have a chocolate house? Find out here

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      When was the first chocolate factory opened? Mars, Hersheys, and Nestle own the majority of chocolate brands in USA. Do you know which bars (other than the namesakes of course) belong to which parent company? Do you know how the Snickers bar gets its name? Did you know that the Milky Way bar in the US is different from its European counterpart?

      This infographic has the answers.

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        The myths and facts about chocolate

        Chocolate often gets bad press. We are told to reduce consumption, not just for us, but also for the kids. So, is chocolate really bad for your health?

        This infographic reveals the fact-busting myths.

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          We know mass-produced chocolate is heavily processed and full of unhealthy fats and sugar that make it a dreaded confection, but how do we know the difference in taste and quality between fine (often handmade) chocolates versus the mass-produced ones?

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          Find out more about fine chocolates.

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            It is difficult to patiently unwrap a chocolate bar and eat it one piece at a time instead of scoffing the entire bar. However, to fully appreciate and enjoy chocolate, you need to be present and mindful while enjoying the candy-bar. Try chocolate mindfulness meditation to not only experience the complex flavors in a bar but also to unwind, calm down, and relax. You will savor the taste and eat much less.

            Which is better for you? White, milk, or dark?

            This infographic demystifies this question.

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              Now that you know dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids is better for you, try and make some simple treats at home. Often, working with chocolate requires you to learn tempering, which is a way to rearrange the cocoa solids and make the chocolate more shiny and easy to work.

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                Chocolate recipes to fulfill your soul

                As the weather turns colder, I look forward to a warm mug of hot chocolate! Heaven.

                Check out different ways to add flavor to your hot chocolate with this infographic.

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                  Consider wine pairings when you’re serving up a chocolate dessert at your next soiree. Or you could delight your dinner guests with a delicious cheese and chocolate course instead. Make sure you choose the right wine to pair with it.

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                    Is all this chocolate talk making you hungry? If you cant wait any longer, try our quick fix to brighten your day.

                    These 3 ingredient recipes keep it fairly simple, plus they’re quick to knock up.

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                      Best places in the world to enjoy chocolate

                      If you’re like me, you enjoy indulging in chocolate when you are on holiday.

                      This is the ultimate guide to chocolate bliss. From master chocolatiers to gourmet dining, this infographic highlights some of the best chocolate experiences to be had.

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                        Eat chocolate responsibly

                        Buy fair-trade chocolate to give the farmers who cultivate cocoa their due. They work tirelessly to bring you cocoa. We need to ensure they get the right prices for it, so that chocolate production is sustainable for the future.

                        This infographic shows us the real cost of a chocolate bar.

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                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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