Chemistry of chocolate

Not long ago, I posted an article regarding comfort food. Well, I sometimes eat chocolate when I am feeling sad. What is so special about chocolate? First of all different cocoa varieties have different characteristics: Forastero, for example, has strong aroma, while Nacional has more aromatic and floral notes. More than 600 molecules are involvedContinue reading “Chemistry of chocolate”

How hormones change our breath

What do hormones and breath have to do with each other? Apparently nothing, in reality A LOT! In two previous posts (1 and 2) I talked about mass spectrometry and in particular about PTR-MS. PTR-MS is a particular mass spectrometer which is able to measure volatile molecules (called VOCs). I use it for food analysis,Continue reading “How hormones change our breath”

Genetics and soul mates

In a previous post, I talked about the genetic similarities in couples regarding alcohol consumption. I received lots of comment (thank you!) and people start asking me if among a couple there are also other genetic similarities. So, I decided to look into the scientific literature and came out with an answer: yes, there are!Continue reading “Genetics and soul mates”