Chemistry of love

Happy Valentine’s day, everybody! Today is the day we celebrate love. But… what is love from a chemistry point of view? First of all, love can be divided into three phases: Lust Attraction Attachment In each phase different hormones play a crucial role. Lust Lust is strong related with libido. The two hormones involved atContinue reading “Chemistry of love”

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”

We are what we eat

Food plays a fundamental role for our health in different ways: some food components are direct source for our metabolism, others have a regulatory role and others are used by the microbiome in our gut. Nutrients found in food have a role in preventing or induce several pathological affections, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, typeContinue reading “We are what we eat”