Researchers have found a surprising way to reduce chocolate's fat without ruining flavor

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Researchers Have Found Surprising Way To Reduce Chocolate's Fat Without Ruining Flavor

When describing their visions of a perfect universe, many wish for chocolate that is free of consequences like expanding waistlines and tighter pants.

That day may be closer than we realize.

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Researchers at Temple University have made a major breakthrough that allows for about 20% of the fat in chocolate to be removed without compromising its flavor.

The key is the use of an electric field.

Much of the problem with making lower fat chocolate is the processing difficulty it can present.

When the beloved edible is running through machinery in its liquid form, viscosity is everything.

Removing too much fat compromises the consistency and jams up the works.

The researchers surmounted that obstacle by introducing an electric field into the process, which, when applied in the same direction of movement as the chocolate, keeps the flow going.

They hope people will be able to taste the fruits of their labors in the next year.

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A sample of liquid cocoa product, heated to 65 degrees celsius, sits in a test tray after collection from a storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shavings of pressed cocoa butter sit before processing at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A sample of liquid cocoa product, heated to 65 degrees celsius, sits in a test tray after collection from a storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A sample of liquid cocoa product, heated to 65 degrees celsius, sits in a test tray after collection from a storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shavings of pressed cocoa powder sit before melting at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee prepares a jar of hot liquid cocoa butter for testing in the control laboratory at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shavings of pressed cocoa powder sit before melting at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee prepares a sample of liquid cocoa product for testing in the control laboratory at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee moves a pallet containing boxes of compressed cocoa butter around a storage area at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee unwraps a large briquette of compressed cocoa powder for smelting at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee pours a sample of liquid cocoa product, heated to 65 degrees celsius, from a storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee holds a sample of liquid cocoa product, heated to 65 degrees celsius, after collecting it from a storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee walks across the top of a liquid cocoa product storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee pours a sample of liquid cocoa product, heated to 65 degrees celsius, from a storage tank at the new Transmar Group plant which makes cocoa products for Russian chocolate makers in Ozery, Russia, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Transmar Group, one of the world's largest independent cocoa processors, is targeting the $7.3 billion Russian chocolate market by opening a new factory. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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