As you may have noticed the last time you bought a Cadbury chocolate – your box may be looking mighty smaller. Actually it may not even feel smaller – but if you look at the weight you will see that it is indeed a smaller weight than usual. The truth is that not only has chocolate been harder and harder to get a hold of – nationwide – but the average size of a chocolate bar has been decreasing also.
There was a video and analysis done of how chocolate bars keep getting smaller and smaller – especially the world famous chocolate bars.
Do you remember when Snickers was touted as a way to help you feed your hunger – but how can you feed your hunger with the small Snickers bars that they have now? Chocolate is on a decline – just like bees – and it is something that is not discussed much.
The idea that sometime in the future chocolate may be a luxury only enjoyed by the rich is something that seems incomprehensible – especially considering the fact that these days you can buy a huge chocolate bar for $2 or so from Woolworths. But make no mistake – the supply of cocoa is dropping.
Cocoa is what is used to make chocolate – and many chocolate companies actually use what could be construed as slave labor to get their chocolate to consumers. The life of a cocoa farmer is not the best.
So this brings us back to those smaller chocolate bars – what do we say about chocolate companies – and who and what do we support when they engage in dodgy business practices. They sell us love and joy on chocolate boxes – and pump us full of sugar – but really we shouldn’t be the ones complaining considering we are the ones who are looking for that sugar.
Sugar is not good – but smaller chocolate boxes are worse! Next time you go and buy some chocolate take a note of how much grams is in the packet you’re buying – so that when they shrink the packet you’ll still remember how many grams you were paying for – because believe me they won’t tell you they shurnk the packet when they do – and they will keep doing it as much as possible to see how much they can get away with!
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Eating organic foods has become more of a health trend nowadays, but not many people know of the benefits attached to eating them. It’s not just that organic produce offers more benefits, but eating produce that isn’t grown with the same standards can lead to health problems. Animals that are raised using conventional methods are at risk of high exposure to antibiotics, which can cause harm to those who eat their meat. Comparatively, eating organic meat and dairy products can drastically reduce this risk.
A study by Environmental Health Perspectives showed results that a large number of people were exposed to organophosphorus pesticides because of the foods they consumed. Research shows that children who are exposed to such chemicals are at risk of developing autism. While most people complain that the produce is smaller in size and quantity, no one can deny that organically grown foods like tomatoes are more flavorful than conventionally grown ones. They also contain more lycopene, which is the cause of the red color. Studies show that it can lessen the risk of getting a stroke for the people that consume larger amounts of it. If you regularly eat organic foods and know its benefits then you should test yourself and your knowledge.
Other standards include using methods that promote soil and water preservation. While using natural fertilizers is allowed, but the resulting produce should be 95% free from additives to be certified organic by the USDA. Growing foods organically requires more than refraining from the use of chemicals like pesticides. Farmers that intend to start growing organic produce will have to meet soil requirements so the food is USDA certified. To grow organic produce, soils should be kept free from all disallowed chemicals for a period of three years.
Conventionally grown foods also pose a greater risk of causing liver damage due to the use of pesticides that contain cadmium. Although organic foods are exposed to the harmful chemical while packaging, it is still in lesser quantity. Studies show that although conventionally grown produce may contain more protein, its organic counterparts are richer in antioxidants. To learn more about the benefits of eating organic foods visit the HealthIQ website.
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It might surprise you to know that blogging about chocolate isn’t my day job. I spend most of my day doing web development, designing sites for clients and writing code. Chocablog and sister site World Chocolate Guide are really just my way of combining my passion for chocolate with my love of web development.
One of the things I’ve wanted to do for a while is to write an iPhone app, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve now accomplished that goal and the World Chocolate Guide iPhone & iPad app is now available in the App Store!
The app is designed to help you find great chocolate shops locally and around the world. You can view the closest shops as a list or on the map, and you can filter the list to show only shops that sell fresh handmade chocolates, hot chocolate, cakes and patries, and those that have café areas.
But you can also access our database of chocolate brands and chocolatiers. Find your favourite brand, read all about it and even find the closest retailers. And remember, if your favourite chocolate shop isn’t listed yet, please take a moment to tell us about it!
We do hope you’ll give the app a try. It’s a very reasonable (we think!) 69p or 99 cents, and there’ll be an Android version available very soon. Maybe even Blackberry and Windows Phone versions if the demand is there. Let us know what you think and what features you’d like to see in the app!
Chocolate shops can vary quite a bit – and you would be surprised at how much great chocolate stores are found in centers that are not known for their chocolate – and even more so – you’d be surprised at how good the chocolate is at some mainstream stores.
With the iPhone app that I will create – it will be very easy to see and I very much recommend checking it out.
When it is finished – if you like to input your name into our email list – I can send you out the link to download the app – so you can be one of the first people to get it when it is released.
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