February 17, 2012
Theobromine: The Lovely Toxin of Chocolate
Deborah Blum, PLoS Blogs
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”.
TAGGED: Alkaloids, Metabolism, Molecules, Chocolate