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To round off the three part series on what you can do with coffee, tea or chocolate other than merely imbibing it, here is a quick round up of quirky uses for chocolate.
Did you know chocolate can help to keep your teeth clean? Well, not chocolate exactly- rubbing sugar and fat into your teeth will never help- but an extract from cocoa has been shown to work effectively, similar to flouride. In fact, it may even work better than flouride! I imagine this natural means of keeping your teeth squeaky clean may well pick up in popularity in the future.
As nice a treat as it is, don't give chocolate to your pets, especially dogs! Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs as they take a long time to metabolise it and remove it from their blood stream. It is potentially toxic to us as well, though given the amount of milk chocolate you'd have to eat to reach a deadly dose, you could make yourself just as ill by eating a comparative quantity of pretty much anything.
Reseachers at the University of Birmingham found out that when given chocolate waste, e. coli bacteria produced hydrogen. Being able to simultaneously produce a renewable and carbon free fuel and cut down on food waste would be a significant step forward for companies looking to be more environmentally friendly.
Don't put anything on your skin that you couldn't eat as well. Yes, that is an odd phrase, but explains why cocoa butter is as great for the skin when incorporated into creams as it is to eat in a mouth watering bar of chocolate.