February 17, 2012

Theobromine: The Lovely Toxin of Chocolate

Deborah Blum, PLoS Blogs

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The Latin name for the cacao tree – the tropical plant source of all things chocolate – consists of two words packed with candy-loving scientific exuberance.  Theobroma cacao. It derives from the Greek words for god (theo) and food (brosi), roughly translating to  “food of the gods”.

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TAGGED: Alkaloids, Metabolism, Molecules, Chocolate


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