Do you need any more reasons to eat chocolate? Of course you don’t. But I have good news for you.
Chocolate: just part of good, clean living.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK have discovered a way to create hydrogen. Now, before you get all glassy-eyed, this is not a science lesson as much as it is an opportunity to give chocolate even more praise.
By adding confectionary waste products from chocolate factories to E coli, it converted the sugars to acids, and the acids into hydrogen producing a clean, renewable energy source. See, even E coli can not resist the delicious charm of chocolate. (And who knew I would have even a fleeting interest in any recipe that includes chocolate and E coli.)
How much energy was produced? The initial experiment used a fuel cell that generated enough power to operate a small fan. Later, two Brits drove across the Sahara Desert in a bioTruck running on alternative fuels from chocolate.
Are you serious?
Which means you can just nom nom nom through that chocolate stockpile of yours and know that really, you are merely helping the world. Every bite of chocolaty goodness in your mouth also created waste at the chocolate factory that someday could power entire buildings or hydrogen based vehicles. So many of you are already doing your part! Me too. And every time you forget to recycle or forget your canvas tote? Shame on you BUT the least you can do is eat some chocolate and redeem yourself.
And now you have a perfect, life-long excuse for not satisfying that craving. Might have to have a bite right now. This is science after my own heart.